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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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Alexander’s Top Ten of 2016

14 Feb

What makes one year better than the other regarding the movies? There was an awful lot of complaining regarding cinematic landscape of 2016, and yet there’s no shortage of titles to rank and categorize. As if a nation of people were shocked that Suicide Squad, Ghostbusters, and Batman V. Superman sucked? Well if Hollywood lets you down look elsewhere, South Korea continues to lead the charge with new and exciting films, mainland China introduced us to Bi Gan, Isabelle Huppert headlines two masterpieces with Elle and Things to Come, Toni Erdmann was a worldwide sensation and a new Star Wars movie! All in all, I’d say 2016 was awesome.

Honorable Mentions: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Green Room, Toni Erdmann, Things to Come, Train to Busan, Creepy, Arrival, A Bride for Rip Van Winkle, Hail Caesar!, Hidden Figures, Certain Women, American Honey, Julieta, Aquarius, Kaili Blues.

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The 2017 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts: No Small Stories, by Alexander Miller

10 Feb

The Oscar-nominated documentary shorts begin their theatrical tour today.

Documentaries are a misleading genre; by definition said genre should be the most simple area of interest to investigate, but documentaries are anything but. Let’s forego the obligatory listing of every subgenre and acknowledge that consolidated documentary filmmaking is something of a feat in and of itself, and in concert with the academies proclivity toward “most of” as a qualifier for “best of” there’s a socio-political urgency with every selection and, given the current state of world affairs, a little more insight regarding these curious times.

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The 2017 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts: Innovation and Industry, by Alexander Miller

9 Feb

The Oscar-nominated animated shorts begin their theatrical tour tomorrow.

“Borrowed Time” is an unexpectedly mature western from Pixar, evaluating the nature of (as the title suggests) time, grief, and redemption – you know, the motifs you’d see in a western? The brilliance lies in discovering the shared DNA between Pixar and the western genre through universally touching themes regarding family, growth and endurance.

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Criterion Prediction #75: Out of Life, by Alexander Miller

8 Feb

Title: Out of Life a.k.a. Hors la vie

Year: 1991

Director: Maroun Baghdadi

Cast: Hippolyte Girardot, Rafic Ali Ahmad Hussein, Sbeity Majdi Machmouchi Habib Hammoud

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Criterion Prediction #74: Talk to Her, by Alexander Miller

1 Feb

Title: Talk to Her

Year: 2002

Director: Pedro Almodovar

Cast: Javier Cámara, Leonor Watling Darío Grandinetti, Rosario Flores, Geraldine Chaplin

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Criterion Prediction #73: The Prisoner of Shark Island, by Alexander Miller

25 Jan

Title: The Prisoner of Shark Island

Year: 1936

Director: John Ford

Cast: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Harry Carey, Arthur Byron, O.P. Heggie, John Carradine

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Criterion Prediction #72: Tampopo, by Alexander Miller

18 Jan

Title: Tampopo

Year: 1985

Director: Juzo Itami

Cast: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Koji Yakusho Rikiya Yasuoka

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Criterion Prediction #71: Paper Moon, by Alexander Miller

11 Jan

Title: Paper Moon

Year: 1973

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman

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Criterion Prediction #70: Humanity and Paper Balloons, by Alexander Miller

4 Jan

Title: Humanity and Paper Balloons

Year: 1934

Director: Sadao Yamanaka

Cast: Choemon Bando, Emitaro Ichikawa, Chojuro Kawarasaki Nobu Kiritachi

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