All the Captain’s Men – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Review

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The greatest success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the realization of Captain America on the big screen. Continue reading

Bryan’s 2013 Awards

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Here’s one final look back at the movies of 2013. I’ve already gone over my top ten movies, my top ten trailers, and my top 20 posters. Now I’m handing out my awards and nominations for the previous year. Continue reading

Bryan’s Top Ten Movies of 2013

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Still wondering what the best films of 2013 were? No? Oh…well…here’s my list anyways. Yay! Continue reading

Bryan’s 2014 Oscar Predictions

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Best Picture is closer than it has been in years, and at the same time many categories have been sewn up since October. Continue reading

2014 Oscars – Best Foreign Language Film

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I reviewed The Hunt when it was released. Here’s a look at the other 4 nominees. Continue reading

2014 Oscars – Ernest & Celestine

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In the absolutely charming universe of Ernest & Celestine, bears are the dominate species and live above ground. Meanwhile, mice dwell in elaborate underworld cities. Continue reading

2014 Oscars – Documentary Shorts

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Here are reviews of all 5 nominees for Best Documentary Short. Continue reading

R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman

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I don’t usually do this. This site has never really trafficked in news. But yesterday I was in such a stupor that I felt compelled to put up something, however small or meaningless, to honor a man I loved. You can be cynical if you want or say he was just an actor. I don’t care. Philip Seymour Hoffman mattered to me, and he mattered to my friends.

I don’t know what else to say. I feel sorry for his loved ones. This hurts. He will be missed.

2014 Oscars – Live Action Shorts

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Here are reviews of all 5 nominees for Best Live Action Short. Continue reading

2014 Oscars – Animated Shorts

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I might have mentioned this already, but I had a baby last year, my 4th. Yes, I’m insane. I know. This was right in the middle of all the big Oscar-type films being released. Now, I actually managed to keep up with seeing most the nominees, but where I fell behind was getting around to reviewing them. You may have noticed that’s a thing I try to do. I don’t have nearly enough time to  catch up with reviews, but I’m going to do what I can starting with all the shorts. Then I’ll have my top ten, followed by my awards posted real soon.

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Bryan’s 10 Most Anticipated Films – 2014

Dawn-of-the-Planet-of-the-ApesChances are some amazing film will premiere at some film festival in the next few months that I had no idea existed. There may be studio films yet to be added to the prestige season calendar. Who knows? Release dates change all the time. But this is a list of what has me excited this moment with the knowledge I have now. The fact that 3 films on my list have been seen and widely praised certainly doesn’t hurt. There are of course plenty of other titles that sound promising that are worth mentioning. Continue reading

Knowing Best – “Like Father, Like Son” Review

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The latest from writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda is another triumph. On paper the Cannes Jury Prize winner sounds like a live-action Disney movie from the ’80s or maybe something starring Kirk Cameron or a show on ABC Family. Continue reading

Top 10 Trailers – 2013

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A lot of strong work this year. Sure sure, plenty of big films continue to paint by numbers with their marketing but sometimes that’s all you need.  Maybe being a little more diverse and toning done the copycat mentality would help but that’s asking a lot of Hollywood. Here are the 10 I think deserve special attention as the standouts of 2013. And I mean 2013. Just trailers for films this year (Wes Anderson can have his day in the sun next year).

I will once again note that creating trailers is my actual day job. Make of that what you will. Continue reading

Top 20 Posters – 2013

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December is upon us and that means it’s time to start rolling out the year-end lists. With new films on the way from Scorsese, Jonze, and the Coens, my top ten films of the year will have to wait. In the meantime, I present to you my favorite posters of 2013 (for films released in 2013, sorry Nymph()maniac). Continue reading

Favorable Odds – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Review

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The rabid fans have been satiated but that doesn’t mean The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is without its problems. However, it is without question better than the first installment of the blockbuster franchise. Continue reading