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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

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Enter the Void – “Spring Breakers” Review

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You know how in Gladiator Russell Crowe is always having visions of his home? He’s wading through wheat and sees his wife and child. Or maybe you remember The Thin Red Line and the soldier dreaming of the love he left? She’s lit like an angel, a perfect vision. In both films, these are the characters’ idyllic ideas of paradise. Well in writer/director Harmony Korine’s new film Spring Breakers the main characters’ idea of heaven is a hedonistic spring break that never ends. The film is an exploration of this thesis writ large in a burst of neon day-glo, breasts, booze, and guns. It’s a movie that can be approached a number of ways, and is sure to be misappropriated left and right, and I think this only makes it more brilliant. Continue reading

Whiz of a Wiz – “Oz the Great and Powerful” Review

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It might seem counterintuitive, but comparing Oz the Great and Powerful to the classic The Wizard of Oz is a waste of time. It’s not that one has nothing to do with the other because they do. In fact, a lot of care has gone into respecting the roots. The problem is nothing will ever compete with that film, not only because of its status in history but also because it’s not 1939 anymore. As they say, they don’t make them like they used to. Continue reading

The Conqueror Ape – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Review

The apes rise, and you might not believe your eyes when they do. The prequel is not the splashy summer blockbuster you might believe it to be, but it’s still one helluva ride. There are no robots, aliens, or superheroes (not that those can’t be awesome), but the special effects are right up there with Avatar and Benjamin Button. There’s really only one giant set-piece, but the film is so well constructed from script to editing that you won’t even notice. Basically, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is not just better than you might expect, it’s awesome. Continue reading

Opening Weekend: Wussies & Warrior Women

Things aren’t looking so hot for guys this weekend. Saoirse Ronan takes on the CIA in Hanna. AnnaSophia Robb overcomes the tragedy of losing an arm in a shark attack and returns to the water in Soul Surfer. Meanwhile, Danny McBride (Your Highness) and Russell Brand (Arthur) each play callow man-children forced into action by their parent’s ultimatums, one of whom get’s their ass kicked by Natalie Portman. Apparently, women mature more quickly than men. Continue reading

The Trouble with Quibbles: 2011 Oscars

It’s that time of year again, Oscar season. Bryan is a bundle of nerves, bursting with fruit-flavor and jonesing for any and all obscure nominations he can find, like a junkie going through withdrawals. I can just picture him now, mouth agape in abject terror as he sits in front of his computer, desperately trolling the interwebs for that last short that’s alluded him. And I take comfort in that. Is that wrong? Continue reading

Oscar Checklist – Part One: Docs, Thoughts, and Links

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I will never be able to understand it, but I am pretty obsessed with the Academy Awards. It’s on par with my fanatical list-making. I think it comes down to the simple fact that it involves movies, the history and discussion of, no matter how trivial, and therefore garners my complete attention. So now that the nominees are out and we have less than a month before the ceremony, I’m going to do what I try to do every year and catch up on as many nominees that I can. This year I have a blog, so I figured I would umm… blog about what I see leading up to Feb. 27th. Continue reading

One Is the Loneliest Number – Review: 127 Hours

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard something about this movie. But, you more than likely don’t know it as 127 Hours, or that movie starring James Franco, or even the new film from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). I’m betting the more common descriptor is, “that movie where that dude cuts his own arm off.” I’m guessing many of you will have decided whether or not this movie is for you based solely on this information. Continue reading

Eat Pray Love: Or, How Julia Roberts Spent Her Summer Vacation

So I know I’m the first girl-blogger on Shooting the Script, and I wish that I were reviewing something like Iron Rage 4: Return of the Testosterone King, but I’m here to get straight stereotypical. I just saw Eat Pray Love. Consider yourself warned.

A little background: EPL was originally a book. A true, inspiring tale of self-discovery that took the world by storm. And by “the world,” of course, I mean women. This book was insanely popular. It was on the New York Times bestseller list for 155 weeks. That’s three years. So a lot of women (and Adam) are going to go into the theater with some preconceived “notions” about what a “nonfiction” story should be, just because they heard the story from the author directly. And they will be disappointed. Continue reading