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February 22nd, 2017 at 4:53 pm

2017 Academy Award Predictions

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So, ever since writing for Film Inquiry almost full-time, it seems I’ve neglected my own little WordPress blog. But, as I do every year, I’m still back for my annual Oscar predictions.

The Academy Awards are this Sunday, February 26, and I’ve been watching and keeping up with all of the other award ceremonies in order to predict what could potentially win. Remember, as in past years, these aren’t necessarily the awards that I would like to win, but the ones that will most likely win. If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that you’re going to get tired of hearing the words “La La Land.” So without further ado, let’s begin! Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2016 at 10:57 pm

2016 Academy Award Predictions

 

The Revenant

It’s that time of year again! The Oscars are tomorrow, and as usual, I am here to once again provide my best educated guesses for the winners. This year may be one of the more difficult ones than years past, due to many categories being a tossup between 2 or more selections, and with a general inconsistency amongst all of the award shows leading up to this one (the Producers Guild, Directors Guild, and Screen Actors Guild, for example).

As always, remember that these are my selections for the movies that most likely will win, as opposed to what I think should win. If I had my own wishes, “Mad Max: Fury Road” would win for almost every category where it was nominated. But, alas, it is not my decision. Continue Reading »

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February 4th, 2016 at 3:10 am

Hail, Caesar: Momentarily Brilliant, But Ultimately Forgetful; Rating: 3/4

 

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The Coen Brothers are widely known for their diverse and electric range of films, from period dramas to westerns to absurdist comedies to neo-noirs. Their latest, “Hail, Caesar!,” is far from poor, but it is ultimately hard to place, due to its absence of many of their notable trademarks. When thinking back to it, it’s hard to justify its existence amongst the Coens’ otherwise extensive and impressive filmography. Continue Reading »

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November 11th, 2015 at 2:16 am

Steve Jobs: A Theatrical, Character-Driven Drama; Rating: 4/4

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Steve Jobs is the type of 20th century figure that has reached the realm of legend. Numerous documentaries have been released about his life, as well as a previous feature film called “Jobs,” starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role. Danny Boyle’s latest, called simply “Steve Jobs,” is perhaps one of the more theatrical portrayals of his life. Though at times trading into schmaltzy territory, it is mostly a satisfying endeavor, almost entirely due to its talented cast and some rather fancy camerawork. Continue Reading »

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October 15th, 2015 at 2:27 am

Crimson Peak: A Beautiful, Ambitious Letdown; Rating: 3/4

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October is the time of year when an abundance of horror films invade the movie theaters. The great majority of them are either slasher gore-fests, clichéd haunted house stories, or poorly-acted monster movies. For that reason, I was eagerly anticipating Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” hoping that it would be a refreshing new entry in the all-too overlooked genre of gothic horror. But unfortunately, even with a director as talented as del Toro behind the camera, “Crimson Peak” is not all too unique or interesting. Other than some gorgeously shot cinematography and some occasional scares, there’s not much else to see. Continue Reading »

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June 18th, 2015 at 1:36 am

Jurassic World: Good Ideas, Bad Execution; Rating: 3/4

Jurassic World

“Jurassic World” is that years-later sequel that attempts to recreate the legacy of the original, but falls short in its method. Though not a complete disaster, due to some interesting new ideas that are hinted upon throughout the scope of the film, it nonetheless suffers from many of the more popular blockbuster flaws. Colin Trevorrow, its director, clearly idolizes Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, and often homages it throughout his film. But “Jurassic World,” unfortunately, is not destined to have that same impact. Continue Reading »

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February 21st, 2015 at 10:45 pm

2015 Academy Award Predictions

Boyhood

It is here already, the 87th Academy Awards! So, as I have done for the past few years, it is time for me to post my annual predictions. I will try to hit every category, although some of them I am not familiar with, such as Documentary or Live Short Film. For these, I will go with what the general public seems to think will win, and make my best educated guess. Remember, these are what I predict will win, not necessarily what I think should win. So let’s get started! Continue Reading »

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September 4th, 2014 at 1:38 am

The Giver; Rating: 2.5/4

in: 2014

The Giver - 1As I have said in the past, I usually try to refrain from comparing movie adaptations too painstakingly to their original novels, and to try to judge them solely on their own merits. In the case of “The Giver,” though, based on the famous novel by Lois Lowry, it’s hard to shrink away from this, as the film version barely scrapes the surface of the novel’s more profound and interesting themes. However, there are at least some small aspects that keep “The Giver” from being a complete disaster. Continue Reading »

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August 26th, 2014 at 12:46 am

The Killing Fields; Rating: 4/4

in: Classics

1984_blogathonMy review of “The Killing Fields” is a contribution to the 1984 blogathon, hosted by Forgotten Films. 1984 was a great year for movies, and it seems fitting to honor some of the best of them now, since it is 30 years later. I’m happy to be doing a review of “The Killing Fields,” as it is a worthy and admirable film, and one that I would consider to be a modern classic. Continue Reading »

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August 15th, 2014 at 1:13 am

The Expendables 3; Rating: 3/4

in: 2014

The Expendables 3 - 1The third in the series, “The Expendables 3” is more of the same: it brings together an ensemble cast of iconic 80’s and 90’s action stars, sets up a loose, mostly uninteresting story, and, as to be expected, is chockfull of explosions and gunfights. The only noticeable difference is that this most recent entry is rated PG-13, so as a result, it is less brutal and bloody than the previous two. Ultimately, though, it doesn’t matter too much. We came here to see as many of our action heroes as possible stuffed into one movie, and, on that note at least, “The Expendables 3” delivers. Continue Reading »

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