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The 82nd Oscars, Revisited

“THE OSCARS GOT IT WRONG!” – everybody, every fucking year. That statement, while incredibly simple and selfish, is always true. Whether the Oscars get it right or wrong is just, like, a matter of opinion, man. It’s different to argue … Continue reading

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Top Ten of 2014

My writing output and moviegoing diminished in 2014 for actual if slightly depressing reasons, but that will not deter me from telling you what were the best movies of 2014. More accurately, the best movies from February 2014 to February 2015. … Continue reading

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Under Review: Birdman

I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting to like Birdman. I’ll run through the previous films of its director, Alejandro González Iñárritu: Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful. The conventional wisdom goes like this: “Well, Amores perros was cool and inventive, but man don’t the rest of these … Continue reading

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Under Review: Gone Girl

Gone Girl is a perfect stylistic match for David Fincher’s brand of filmmaking, probably too perfect in fact. The risk with Fincher’s filmmaking, as always, is with storytelling. Fincher doesn’t write his own scripts, so the question is whether the … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Boyhood

The summer has been a busy one for me—largely busy with soulcrushingly monotonous tasks. Instead of writing 2000-word blog posts, I spent May writing a couple 10,000-plus-word papers. Instead of going to the movies every few days, I spent June … Continue reading

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Under Review: Noah

Three days ago marked the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert’s death, and in thinking of how I’d write my review of Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, I keep returning to how I’d think Ebert would review it. I’d wager he’d have … Continue reading

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Five Years Later: The 81st Oscars Postmortem

I’ve read Bill Simmons a couple times suggesting that we should hand out Academy Awards at a later time—say, five years later—because the distance in time from the buzz surrounding initial release and in-season campaigning combined with the chance to … Continue reading

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