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    The Hype Cycle – ‘Birdman’ comes out soaring

    In an Oscar column in the New York Times several weeks back, A.O. Scott noticed that the Academy loves to champion three different types of narrative: those that affirm the industry’s political values and virtues, those that represent popular success, and those that feel like “auto-cinephilia”. “Three of the last five Best Picture winners were […] More

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    50 Best Films of 2014

    15. The Immigrant  – If one were to rank the films of 2014 based solely on innovation, The Immigrant would probably end up near the bottom. Writer-director James Gray’s languid melodrama tells the tumultuous story of a resilient Polish woman looking to find a slice of the American Dream, without much in the way of […] More

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    50 Best Films of 2014

    40. Night Moves Since 2006, Kelly Reichardt has found a way to reach inside of the hearts of her audiences, plucking out strings one by one with desolate re-imaginations of the American Pacific Northwest, seen through the eyes of people not so different than ourselves. With Meek’s Cutoff, she departed from her typical genre and moved […] More

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    Best Movie Trailers of 2014

    Making a trailer is never an easy feat, regardless of the film being promoted.  Nearly everyone has a story of a flawed trailer that does the opposite of its job, whether it’s by giving away the entire story of the film being promoted, or by poorly using a song. However, a memorable trailer can detach […] More

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    Watch an insightful video essay opposing ‘Boyhood’ with subversive best of the year list

    Richard Linklater’s 12 year spanning epic film Boyhood has been touted as the best film of the year by many critics for it’s authentic performances, uniquely compelling narrative and ambitious filmmaking process, all of which makes it a strong contender for the upcoming awards season. But as with anything that is so well regarded there […] More

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    Screen Actors Guild Awards recognize ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’, ‘Modern Family’

    The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, serving as yet another precursor on the long road to the Oscars. In the film categories, Birdman was the big winner, scoring four nominations, including for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, as well as the collective ensemble cast. Boyhood followed right […] More

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    The Hype Cycle – Anyone’s Race

    This column is a few days late this week, but then this was a particularly busy few days. The first three of the actual awards precursors finally arrived this week, including the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review and the Gotham Independent Film Awards. What’s the verdict? This is still anyone’s […] More

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    ‘Boyhood’ wins New York Film Critics top prize

    It’s December 1, so that means its time for everyone to start publishing their lists of the Best of the Year. As though an entire year of list making and awards giving was not enough, December is that time of year when non-stop arguing over placement, snubs and things you still need to catch up […] More

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