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Bringing macho back

Much has been written the past several years about the “Aussie Invasion” in Hollywood. Or was it the “Invasion of the Brits?” Regardless, both commentaries revolved around the same undeniable premise: that male American actors are getting kicked in the teeth by the mates from down under and the blokes from across the pond. This … Continue reading

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Best Films of 2014

1  Birdman   Easily one of the most unique films in years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s innovative concept brilliant – a love note to all artists. Keaton wins Oscar, as does the film. 2  Boyhood   Amazing accomplishment by a director who has stayed true to his storytelling sensibilities. Linklater wins Oscar. 3  Foxcatcher  Hypnotic, haunting, and heartbreaking. … Continue reading

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Whiplash

NOPE – Every so often I find myself going totally against the grain on a film garnering universal applause. Whiplash is my new The Departed. To make me sit through either of those two films again would be cruel and unusual punishment. So please don’t. At least, unlike Martin Scorsese’s obnoxious cash-grab The Departed (2006), Whiplash does not stand a snowball’s … Continue reading

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Boyhood one for the ages

INSPIRED – Kids are smart. And funny. And interesting. After watching director Richard Linklater’s ambitiously brilliant Boyhood last night, my youngest son (16) said “That was the ultimate ‘coming of age’ film.” Kids are smart. Independent filmmaker deluxe Linklater has always known this. All the way back to Dazed and Confused (1993), through his most commercial hit to date, School of … Continue reading