Tag Archives: Oscars

Year in Review: 2017

My complete 2017 Watchlist, Ranked (Films seen in theaters or festivals in 2017) Films qualify for my Best of 2017 when the country of origin’s initial commercial release occurs in 2017. Unreleased films and festival only release are not considered. … Continue reading

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Best of 2016

This comes a little later than usual, but since Oscar season is fast approaching, better late than never! My complete 2016 Watchlist/Ranking The 2016 Next Projection Awards (my contributions included) Films qualify for my Best of 2016 when their initial … Continue reading

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Hidden Figures (Melfi, 2016)

An important historical drama which, in spite of some narrative contrivance and sentimental gesturing, succeeds in conveying the under recognized role of three African American women during a significant moment in America’s past. Its use of dramatization is unlike most … Continue reading

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La La Land and Film Criticism’s Malleable Perspective on Homage and Originality

Since its premiere at Venice, Chazelle’s third feature, La La Land—a euphemism for a fantasy world, also seen as LA—has met critical acclaim, mainstream approval, Oscar buzz, a critical backlack, a re-examination, and Oscar pundit denial and defense. It now stands … Continue reading

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The Martian (Scott, 2015)

Everything is too quick, too safe, too easy. There is little a sense of urgency or chaos given the subject. Any given conflict finds quick a solution, with Scott often jumping over any sign of dead time to present only … Continue reading

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Kamran Ahmed’s Top 25 Films of 2014

It comes time to credit the cinema standouts of 2014. Here I am again, perplexed by the ratings and statistics, the festivals and the box offices, the ways in which we organize films into tiny fragmented collections. We want an … Continue reading

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The King’s Speech (Hooper, 2010)

Due to its distortive tendencies, the use of very wide angle lenses make further visible the disconnection of the king and his people. By stretching the image, Hooper foregrounds a talented Colin Firth, but does so at the cost of … Continue reading

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Schnabel, 2007)

The blink is the cut. A truly subjective experience is rendered by formal experimentation. The lens of the camera is treated as the human eye. Its capacities are limited and faulted as the human eye. The kino-eye, or camera-eye, is … Continue reading

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The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellaza, Sorrentino, 2013)

The Great Beauty’s concerted effort to present dual stylistic features complements its narrative appraisal of splashes of beauty within frivolity. While I found myself more appreciative of the moments of contemplation and spiritual grace than portrayals of the eccentricities of … Continue reading

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Oscar Predictions (86th Academy Awards)

Here is my official selection for the 86th Academy Awards! Best Visual Effects Gravity The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Iron Man 3 The Lone Ranger Star Trek Into Darkness And the winner is… Gravity This is not only the … Continue reading

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