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Is Bradley Cooper the best student ever?

October 29, 2020

This clip has been making the rounds recently. Its seems awfully coincidental that the actor Louis CK names in his interview is the one in this clip. But I’ll accept this as coincidence, and enjoy the irony. And apparently he learned a lot from the questions he asked in the last segment in the clips…

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Kathryn Bigelow Addresses ZDT Torture Criticism

October 29, 2020

courtesy of the LA Times For those of you who have listened to us chat about Zero Dark Thirty already, you know we address the criticism regarding the film’s torture scenes.  Yesterday, in the LA Times, Kathryn Bigelow herself talked about the film and addressed the criticism it’s received.  Here’s a sample of what she…

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Left wanting more or just left wanting

October 29, 2020

The final shot in a film is an opportunity for a filmmaker to leave you with an indelible image. Does that moment leave you wanting more? Some films end with an image that is not only memorable, but has become strongly associated with the film. For example, the final shot in Rocky, battered and embracing…

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Looking for a University to Attend? Try Monsters University!

October 29, 2020

While Monsters University may not look to be the best of Pixar’s upcoming films, this teaser they released recently sure takes the cake.  It’s designed like any number of commercials you’d see for your local college or university.  Except, well, this one is full of monsters.  It’s really fun on repeat viewings too to catch…

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Malickian Brain Worms and other symptoms you’ve seen a good movie

October 29, 2020

As I mentioned during The Film Board’s review of You’re Next, I have just recently watched Shane Carruth’s  Upstream Color.  After watching it I felt like my brain had been hacked by Malickian brain worms. It’s a film where music, sound, and images combine to touch the deeper parts of the mind. It was a…

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Oscar Honesty

October 29, 2020

In case you’re wondering how those voting members of the Academy think, here is a very interesting insight into how one voter decided what to vote.

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Paul Thomas Anderson in five shots over at BFI.org.uk

October 29, 2020

Thanks heaps to the BFI for sharing this terrific piece of work on the effort of Paul Thomas Anderson’s seemingly effortless steadicam shots. Kevin B. Lee walks through the evolution of Anderson’s camera work from Hard Eight to There Will Be Blood.  The contribution from Blood stands out to me: This two-and-a-half-minute shot is one…

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Presenting our 2014 Lineup!

October 29, 2020

In the past, we had opted to keep our series and movies hush-hush until the last minute so as to keep things a surprise. It only took us 2+ years to realize that if we made our list public, people could actually watch the movie before the show and be ready to listen to the show as soon as it…

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Presenting the real Gollum

October 29, 2020

We love Andy Serkis — he’s one of our best friends who hasn’t met us yet.  And not only is he a stellar actor but THE motion capture actor.  You want to create a realistic chimp who can think for itself and rise up?  Call Andy.  You want a creep creature who’s got a thing…

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Read the Movie – YA Lit (again), Ridely Scott, and Hugh Jackman.

October 29, 2020

Nothing in the near future will stop the Young Adult Lit acquisition train.  This summer sees the first in a possible trilogy, with the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s book The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones opening on August 23rd. And just in case it’s a hit, her prequel series, The Infernal Devices, has also been optioned. Is…

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