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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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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

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

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

New Testament – “Only God Forgives” Review

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Drive star Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn reteam for the punishing Only God Forgives. Their first collaboration benefited from having a genre structure to which Refn overlayed his various stylistics tics. This time around, Refn isn’t tethered to anything. Continue reading

Bloodletting – “Byzantium” Review

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Dark, mysterious, and achingly dull. Interview With The Vampire Director Neil Jordan’s latest tale of bloodsuckers succeeds at being a sophisticated take on the genre while simultaneously failing to excite. 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

Artful Dodger – “Trance” Review

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The latest film from Danny Boyle is slick, but it never completely makes up its mind as to whether or not it wants to be sensational fun or aim for higher art. It’s like someone squished together Headhunters, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Inception but left out the shocks, the heart, and a sensible third act. It’s not a total waste. I don’t think any Boyle film is ever without some merit. It’s a disjointed film, which is appropriate considering the hypnosis plot device, but it never commits.

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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