Film

  1. 2013 Movies ~ An Ongoing List With Ratings

    A Year of Movies January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013 (To be updated on an ongoing basis) Last Year's List (2012) Slate's Movie Spoilers Podcast With Critic Dana Stevens 2013 Movies Seen: 12 Years a Slave ~ 4 Gravity ~ 4 Blue is the Warmest Color ~ 4 How to Make Money Selling Drugs ~ 4 Nebraska ~ 4 Enough Said ~ 4 The Crash Reel ~ 4 All is Lost ~ 3.5 Dallas Buyers Club ~ 3.5 Her ~ 3.5 Philomena ~ 3.5 About Time ~ 3.5 The Spectacular Now ~ 3.5 Spring Breakers ~ 3.5...
  2. A Year in Movies: 2015

    Like the years before, this is an ongoing list. This one spans January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. Here are the other years' lists: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011. I will rank each film from one to four stars. 2014 and 2015 released movies seen in 2015: Spy ~ 4 Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story ~ 4 Trainwreck ~ 4 The End of the Tour ~ 4 Man Up ~ 4 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ~ 4 A Day in the Life of a Dictator ~ 4 Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story ~ 4 Far from the Madding Crowd ~ 4...
  3. A Year of Movies ~ 2012

    A Year of Movies February 2012 - December 2012 Oscars 2012, Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011. 2013 Oscar Nominees My 2013 Ballot... Slate's Movie Spoilers Podcast With Critic Dana Stevens Best movie I have seen this year is Take This Waltz. Scene from film Current Releases ~ 2012 Take This Waltz ~ 4 Amour ~ 4 Argo ~ 4 Side by Side ~ 4 Zero Dark Thirty ~ 3.5 Silver Linings Playbook ~ 3.5 The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ 3.5 The Best Exotic Marigold...
  4. After the film ended, I wondered...

    TJust saw the film Mr. Turner. At the end of the movie I was left with a question: What became of the housekeeper? Ever have a question(s) pop into your head after the movie is over... or a day later? This will be an ongoing post—to be modified when new movies come to mind. Warning ~ Movie Spoilers Ahead Mr. Turner: What became of the housekeeper? Birdman: Was that movie way overrated, or what? Gone Girl: What the heck did we just watch? Did Chris Nolan direct this? The Riot...
  5. Amazing Cinemagraphs

    Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video. They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in...
  6. Annual Movie Roundup 2011

    **Update ~ February 19, 2012. I am on my way out the door to see Hugo. This may be the last film of 2011 that I see before the Academy Awards on February 26th. Hugo has been nominated in quite a few categories, including Best Picture. I'll update this blog entry when I return.** *Update: Movie poster spoof image and Best Of Nominees list added to blog entry... scroll down. End of update.* Holy Toledo, Batman, I've seen a lot of movies this year! Yep, it's that time of year again...
  7. Best Digital Distractions 2012 ~ A Year-End Roundup

    Movies: Best 2012 releases: Take This Waltz Amour Argo Looper Bernie Side by Side Game Change Zero Dark Thirty The Hunger Games Silver Linings Playbook Pitch Perfect (for fun factor) Best non-2012 films: 8 ½ Shame Weekend Gates of Heaven 2001 Space Odyssey My Dinner With Andre Some Like It Hot The Apartment This is Not a Film La Dolce Vita Bonnie and Clyde eBooks: Faves: Mortality The Magic of Reality Poorly Made in China: An...
  8. Best Picture Nominees of 2013 w/Commentary

    Nine films are vying for the Oscar for Best Picture. As of tonight, I have now seen all nine. My 2014 Oscar Ballot Which film will win? My guess is 12 Years a Slave. Which do I wish to win? Nebraska. Just saw this film tonight. What a wonderful story with characters that cement themselves into both mind and heart. The black and white cinematography, by Phedon Papamichae, is breathtaking—reminiscent of Gianni Di Venanz's cinematography in Fellini's 8 1/2. Nebraska 8 1/2 Here are...
  9. Brain Drain July

    **7/21/12 ~ Update at bottom of post... *7/10/12 ~Update near bottom of post... Just as the temperatures outside reach their highs, my cultural pursuits hit all-time lows. Can it get any worse than consuming all three books in the Fifty Shades of Grey series in less than a week’s time? And if that weren’t enough, to continue the obsession by blogging about the books—twice—as if I hadn’t already spent enough time reading the texts? There was the artwork—the painting of Christian Grey....
  10. Call it the Grooviest Movie of 2017

    ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘I, Tonya’ Screener Copies Leaked to Piracy Networks. [URL]https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/lady-bird-call-name-tonya-173210732.html[/URL] Three of my top fave movies of the year out of 9. That is one-third. Happy New Year! Call Me by Your Name is a must see. My fave movie of 2017--by a landslide. First movie that's transported me and made me feel something, anything, in a long time. Will rearrange you and change you. Your dreams will shift. You may just want...
  11. Cultural Consumptions

    These are the latest and greatest kibbles and bits that I am devouring at the moment... The Big Bang Theory I just started watching this hilarious television show. Right now I am a third of the way through season two. Yes, I have indulged in another series binge watch. Towards the end of season one, I began to wonder if this show could continue to be interesting. Sheldon's character seemed to have the potential of becoming redundant. But I took a day off from watching. And my interest...
  12. Enjoy the Violence

    ***Update ~ February 26, 2012. Added another movie! Go see. Can't believe I forgot about this one!* **Update ~ February 22, 2012. Bonnie and Clyde is a wild ride, indeed! Just how many different cars did they steal anyway? Was a bit put off by Clyde's sexual frigidity at first. But he came through in the end and made Bonnie a happy lady. The car chases were a riot, having a playful tone due to the bouncy banjo music in the background. Although Bonnie and Clyde is a very good movie and...
  13. Favorite Films from the United Kingdom

    These are my favorite films that were produced by companies located/registered in the UK. Or, ones that really feel like they were made there, thus deserving the label. Ha! In no particular order... Secrets and Lies The Imitation Game Billy Elliot War of the Buttons Tyrannosaur Mr. Turner Trainspotting The Crying Game 2001: A Space Odyssey Frank Lawrence of Arabia A Room With a View Sophie's Choice About Time Shame 12 Years a Slave Broken Atonement Pride & Prejudice...
  14. Fellini's 8 1/2

    I’m late to the party. This cinephile has no excuse. And I am a bit embarrassed to address my cultural faux pas. OK, I might as well get it out on the table. I just watched Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ for the very first time. Nope, I didn’t say twentieth time—first time. Can you believe it? I know, I really can’t either. But I must embrace this truth and get on with it. Better late than never? In this case, yes, yes, yes! Where do I begin? Where do I finish? Ah, I will never finish discussing...
  15. Fifty Shades of Grey Dream Cast

    I am going to play casting director and post my picks for who I think should play the characters in the soon to be made film adaptation of the book Fifty Shades of Grey. The list is ongoing and subject to change. Christian Grey: Alex Pettyfer Why? He's the hottest young actor out there right now. He has Christian's chiseled, gorgeous face, his lean, muscular bod, his generous height, and his messy hair. Plus he is fairly new on the scene and would be able to devote a few years to the...
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