Jared’s Best Films of 2017

As usual, there was talk of it being a bad year for movies. And, as always, I say you just need to know where to look. Continue reading “Jared’s Best Films of 2017” »


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 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
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” »


Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Reblogged from AboutFace Media.


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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The Best of the 2013 Oscar-Nominated Short Films


“Asad”, my favorite of the live action short films.



Buzkashi Boys ★★★½

Curfew ★★★½

Death of a Shadow ★★½

Henry ★★½ Continue reading “The Best of the 2013 Oscar-Nominated Short Films” »

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Top 5 Romance Movies for Valentine’s Day

Well, it’s officially February, boys and girls. That means in 14 days we will celebrate a consumer holiday that brings bliss to thousands of couples and misery to millions of singles. But Valentine’s Day is also a great movie holiday with tons of great romance films to watch with your loved ones. Here is a list of Michael’s Top 5 Romance Movies you should be making out during in two weeks.

05. WALL-E

Most romantic line: “Eeeeee-vaaahh…”


One of the sweetest Disney/Pixar films of all time, Wall-E is the story of a little lonely robot left all alone on Earth after mankind has abandoned the planet. One day he encounters a cute female robot (if robots really have genders) named Eva and immediately wants to be around her all the time. He’s so happy with Eva until they are separated in space and Wall-E must embark on a quest to reunite with her. It’s Disney, folks, so nothing but cuteness all around in this one. Continue reading “Top 5 Romance Movies for Valentine’s Day” »

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A Fistful of Michael Haneke’s Best Tweets

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We’ll be discussing the brilliant new film Amour in a few weeks, but you still can get a Haneke fix by following him on Twitter. Of course it isn’t the real Michael Haneke – but rather an immature, deliriously funny take on the provocative auteur as if he were a dickish teenager lording his Palme D’ors over everyone’s head. Favorite subjects include his cat’s farts, the shortcomings of Terrence Malick movies, Skittles, the movie Species, and of course, puns about strokes. You may need to be a cinephile and/or have an extremely dark sense of humor to love it as much as me, but here are a few of my favorites to get you started.

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Jared’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2013

Last year, I specifically called out Moonrise Kingdom and Skyfall as two movies that didn’t excite me, and they both made my top ten of the year. I suppose this means I shouldn’t be so judgmental. Thus, I will refrain from doing something similar this year. Just know that the following films are those that are of personal interest to me, roughly in order of anticipation. If you want a list of the biggest movies due for release this year, go elsewhere.

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Dir: Alfonso Cuarón | Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
Originally due for a 2012 release, Gravity is now the film I’m most excited about this year. Cuarón is one of modern cinema’s great visionaries, and this follow-up to the masterful Children of Men should rock my autumn. Continue reading “Jared’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2013” »

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