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Criterion Prediction #81: The Limey, by Alexander Miller

22 Mar

Title: The Limey

Year: 1999

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda, Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzman, Barry Newman

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Shout!/Scream Factory Prediction #1: The Dead Zone, by Alexander Miller

21 Mar

Title: The Dead Zone

Year: 1983

Director: David Cronenberg

Cast: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Colleen Dewhurst, Anthony Zerbe, Martin Sheen

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Betting on Zero: The Big Short, by Alexander Miller

15 Mar

If the breadth of stylistic variances among documentary filmmakers is any indication of the genre’s range and scope, it almost feels like anything can be a subject for a solid documentary. Sometimes it’s a question of “is the subject a match for the director?” After all, let’s face it: Alex Gibney couldn’t make In Jackson Heights and Frederick Wiseman isn’t the expressionistic whistle-blower responsible for Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

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Criterion Prediction #80: The 47 Ronin, by Alexander Miller

15 Mar

Title: The 47 Ronin, Parts 1 & 2

Year: 1941

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi

Cast: Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Daisuke Katô, Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Kunitaro Kawarazaki, Seizaburô Kawazu

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The Ottoman Lieutenant: Salute Your Shorts, by Alexander Miller

8 Mar

There’s an unwritten rule, or at least I’d like to think so, that what we consider to be bad movies are a part of a different conversation than the so-bad-they’re-good camp. We understand that even the worst of the blockbuster clunkers have some redeeming virtues under the layers of crap; Ben Affleck was a decent Batman and, according to the Academy, Suicide Squad had good makeup effects. But sifting through the dusty antiquated ashes of The Ottoman Lieutenant all that was left were hazy superficialities and a story that’s a series of lethargic dead-ends. It’s evident The Ottoman Lieutenant is reaching for old-fashioned romanticism a la Casablanca or Passage to Marseille but it only succeeds in evoking a counterfeit reflection of its forebears.

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Criterion Prediction #79: Time of the Gypsies, by Alexander Miller

8 Mar

Title: Time of the Gypsies

Year: 1988

Director: Emir Kusturica

Cast: Davor Dujmović, Borivoje Todorović, Ljubica Adzovic, Husnija Hasimovic, Sinolicka Trpkova, Zabit Memedov, Elvira Sali, Suada Karisik

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Criterion Prediction #78: Killer of Sheep, by Alexander Miller

1 Mar

Title: Killer of Sheep

Year: 1977

Director: Charles Burnett

Cast: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond

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Bitter Harvest: Tough to Swallow, by Alexander Miller

23 Feb

Bitter Harvest centers on Stalin’s initiated famine that killed millions of Soviet Ukrainians while he was advancing his communist reign in this systematic form of starvation was known as the Holodomor. This is the backdrop for an epic melodrama where two childhood lovers Yuri (Max Irons) and Natalka (Samantha Barks) endure the Holodomor and oppressive Stalinist reign. They fight for survival, joining liberation forces, always guided by their lifelong connection.

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Criterion Prediction #77: Yaaba, by Alexander Miller

22 Feb

Title: Yaaba

Year: 1989

Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo

Cast: Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouedraogo, Roukietou Barry, Adama Ouedraogo, Amadou Toure

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Criterion Prediction #76: Hard Eight, by Alexander Miller

15 Feb

Title: Hard Eight

Year: 1996

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel Jackson, F. William Parker

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