Category Archives: Reviews

2015 Oscars – Documentary Shorts

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

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2015 Oscars – Live Action Shorts

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

2015 Oscars – Animated Shorts

You may have noticed my output has been rather nonexistent. Well, I don’t think that’s going to change too much.  I’m still planning to post my usual year-end stuff (even though it’s February). Those posts will come soon. In the meantime, I bring you reviews of the Oscar-nominated short films beginning with animation. Continue reading

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

2014 Oscars – Best Foreign Language Film

The Missing Picture

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

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

POSSESSIONS

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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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

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

Now They Know – “Frozen” Review

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After seeing Disney Animation’s latest offering, Frozen, the movie seemed almost too perfect. Of course it’s not, but it speaks to the film’s confidence and clear vision that such thoughts would even occur. So while there are a few chinks in the armor, Frozen stands as a grand piece of entertainment. Continue reading

High Profile – “Fruitvale Station” Review

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Fruitvale Station tells an important story. It’s good that this story is out there. It’s good that more people now know about the true life events it depicts. It’s very good that there’s a major film written by, directed by, and starring black filmmakers. It’s impressive that it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Too bad it’s not a better movie. Continue reading

Cost of Living – “Blue Jasmine” Review

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There should be no reason to tire of greatness, so there is no reason to tire of Woody Allen. When the legendary writer/director makes an excellent movie it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but that doesn’t mean it should go unnoticed either. Perhaps, releasing a new film more or less once a year spoils the audience. He makes high art with seemingly low effort. No matter the history or the work ethic, Blue Jasmine is worthy of your attention and then some. Continue reading

In The Tank – “Blackfish” Review

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Blackfish is a film SeaWorld doesn’t want you to see. Although they declined to actually be interviewed for the film, the aquatic theme park did manage to send out a PR blast refuting some of the information presented in the provocative new documentary. Continue reading