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Oscars 2016 Review “The Revenant”: Can Everyone Stop Being Mean To Poor Leonardo DiCaprio Now, Please?

“The Revenant” is one of the most viscerally beautiful movies I have ever seen. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki made the fascinating decision to use natural light almost exclusively throughout the entire film, and it pays off magnificently. The winter light feels almost lazy as it bends around frosty trees and […]

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The Narrative Onion and the Art of Storytelling: An Analysis of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), directed, produced and written by Wes Anderson and starring a multitude of Anderson’s favorite stars, is a masterpiece of style that contains complex narrative layers, keeping viewers visually entranced until the last frame. Audiences are asked to suspend disbelief as we are whisked away to a genteel time and land, where order […]

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Not Quite My Tempo: A Review of “Whiplash”

The Oscars are around the corner, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash (2014) is on the tip of every critic’s tongue. Wearing the proud badge of 95% Fresh, the drummer-centric film has been nominated for five Academy Awards, one of which is Best Picture. But Whiplash is more than a movie about music—it raises important questions about the student/mentor relationship. Spoilers […]

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The Oscars 2014: The Nominees

I’m not much for award shows but  I have a particularly softness in my cold heart for the Academy Awards. Mostly because it usually falls on/around my birthday and it gives me a wonderful excuse to throw a costume party (yes, I do dress up as one of the nominees. I’ve even done Captain Jack Sparrow). […]

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