7th Gores Awards

Arriving just ahead of the Oscars, here are the seventh annual Gores Awards (aka the Goresies), a personal selection of the best in 2016 cinema. Continue reading “7th Gores Awards” »

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Jared’s Best Films of 2016

2016 was a bad year. Except when it came to movies. As a movie year, 2016 excelled. Continue reading “Jared’s Best Films of 2016” »

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Jared’s Best Films of 2015

It was a great year for cinema, and I was able to see a lot of it—a personal best of 160 new films! Continue reading “Jared’s Best Films of 2015” »

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Jared’s 2014 Half-Year Standouts

As I did in 2013, I’m calling out the notable efforts of the year’s first six months. Admittedly, the crop was stronger in 2013, but that’s not to say there hasn’t been anything to be excited about in 2014. The following films and performances are my favorites of the year so far, and there’s a good chance you’ll see some of these selections on my year-end lists. Note: For consideration, a film must have had a commercial U.S. release between 1/1 & 6/30, thus excluding some festival screenings I attended (like Boyhood and Stray Dogs). Continue reading “Jared’s 2014 Half-Year Standouts” »

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Jim Jarmusch: Birth of the Indie Cool

This month, Americans have the opportunity to see the latest film from indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. Only Lovers Left Alive finds the eccentric director in the world of vampires, which may seem like a perplexing choice to his fans, particularly at a time when filmgoers are up to their eyeballs in mythological creatures, but then Jarmusch’s modus operandi has always been one of thwarting expectations. Curiously, for someone who has had immense impact on independent cinema, Jarmusch remains relatively obscure to mainstream audiences.

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Jared’s Best “Best Picture”

The Academy Awards are on Sunday, and to celebrate Oscar Season, I’ve made a few lists related to the Best Picture category just for fun. Feel free to vehemently disagree, but if you do, share your own lists in the comments!

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Jared’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014

2014 has the tough task of living up to the fantastic film year that was 2013. In all likelihood, it won’t. But there are still plenty of interesting projects due for release over the next twelve months. Keep in mind the selections here are those that appeal to my peculiar tastes, so don’t expect to see any superheroes on this list. Consider these roughly ordered by my excitement level.

Inherent Vice
INHERENT VICE [TBD]
Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson | Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin
Of course the new PTA pic is at the top. The Pynchon novel is great, and I expect the same of the film adaptation. Imagine a cross between Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye and The Big Lebowski with a bit more psychedelia, and you’ll have a sense of Vice‘s vibe. Continue reading “Jared’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014” »

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The Wonderful, “Minor” Charm of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

By Michael Neelsen

“I’m having an insight now. It’s a minor one, but it explains the anxiety in a dream I had.” – Gil Pender (Owen Wilson)

I’d be hard-pressed to find a line of dialogue in cinema that so singularly effects how I feel about a movie as the one above, delivered at the emotional climax of Woody Allen’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (2011).

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Stop Getting Excited For BREAKING BAD

By Joe Pudas

No, really. Stop getting so excited about the return of Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad is not so much returning as it is ending. When October rolls around, that’s it. Sure, we might get a spinoff following the wacky misadventures of everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer, but that’s small consolation. The best television show of all time is almost over and nothing will replace it.

This isn’t to say there aren’t other great shows on television, but none of them can measure up to Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan’s show went from being a brilliant but uneven dramedy with a concept that sounded like Weeds on meth to being the richest, most devastating portrait of American hubris ever put on television or the silver screen.

In fact, I’m going to come right out and say it: Breaking Bad is the Great American Novel. It just happens to be a TV show.

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Reblogged from AboutFace Media.

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Former Pixar Story Artist, Emma Coats tweeted 21 story basics in 140 characters or less way back that Pixar uses for the essence of good storytelling.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

Read the whole list here.

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