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Bryan’s 2014 Awards

Here’s one final look back at the movies of 2014. 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

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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 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

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

Enduring Love – “Before Midnight” Review

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I feel happier with this film in the world…in my life. I’d extend that to include Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, the two previous films in this ongoing romantic experiment. Before Midnight is no less essential. Continue reading

Tainted Love – “Sightseers” Review

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Tina (Alice Lowe), looking like a young Mary McDonnell, is a sheltered mama’s girl. She’s well past the acceptable age to still be living at home. Her mother is cruel. She casually refers to Tina as an accident. But Tina is about to go on holiday with her understanding new boyfriend Chris (Steve Oram). Chris and Tina set off on the world’s most mundane vacation imaginable. They’re taking a camper around to places like a pencil museum. It’s all so very dull until Chris begins murdering complete strangers. Continue reading

Fine Swine – “Upstream Color” Review

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Upstream Color is a great movie. Every single frame of the film hooked me. The entire construction is a marvel of ideas and ingenuity. Shane Carruth’s previous picture was the similarly complex Primer. Continue reading

Youth in Revolt – “Something in the Air (Apres Mai)” Review

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*The film’s original title is Apres Mai which translates to After May. I only mention this because the version I saw had this title still.

Writer/Director Olivier Assayas’ newest and semi-autobiographical film is a time capsule examination of the allure of politics, art, and youth. Set outside Paris in 1971, the story follows Gilles (newcomer Clement Metayer) as he experiences the tumult of the times while struggling to find his path through them. Gilles is involved in the Youth Liberation Movement. He hands out propaganda, partakes in meetings and demonstrations all while still in High School. Gilles is also an aspiring painter with an interest in filmmaking. He’s a lover not a fighter, but nobody bothered to tell him. He’s at odds with himself as much as the movement he belongs to. Continue reading

Seeds of Dissent – “At Any Price” Review

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If you like NASCAR and corn than boy do I have a film for you. Writer/Director Ramin Bahrani’s latest finds him moving away from small stories and non-actors to see what he can accomplish with big names like Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron and a bigger canvas. Continue reading

Bryan’s 2012 Awards

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This is the final look back at 2012. 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 Academy Award style. Continue reading

Hurts – “Amour” Review

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The latest from writer/director Michael Haneke is a terrifying sojourn into the horrors of aging. There is compassion and the “love” from the title but Amour is not a light-hearted film. It’s one of the more agonizing, but brilliant looks at the human condition I’ve seen. It’s difficult but honest, and it’s this honesty that prevents the film from feeling like a never-ending doctor’s exam. The film’s approach may be clinical, but the result is far more full of life, albeit the harrowing final days of it.  Continue reading

Hopelessly Inquisitive – “The Master” Review

The latest from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson is a beguiling trip through post-WWII America. It’s also one of the more difficult films to characterize. There are, of course, basic elements that can easily be discussed: plot, acting, photography. Then there is the construction and the ultimate intent of the picture which is elusive due to the anthropological nature of the story. Even attempting to explain what makes it difficult to explain is problematic. That said, and pleasantly perplexing feelings aside, the film is clearly a brilliant and major achievement on many levels. Continue reading

The Collection: Picnic at Hanging Rock

#29 – Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) – Dir. Peter Weir

Peter Weir’s recent film, The Way Back, confirmed what movie fans already knew, the director is one of the greats. I thought I’d catch up on his earlier work. I recently re-watched Master and Commander and finally realized how great that nautical movie really is. Now I’ve seen his first (and Australia’s first) international hit, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and it holds up as a haunting work of art as well as a sign of great things to come from the esteemed director. Continue reading