Archive | February, 2014
Oscar Best Picture Round-Up 2014

Oscar Best Picture Round-Up 2014

The Oscars will be presented on Sunday night. So I wanted to take a moment, now that I’ve finally managed to cram in watching the last of the Best Picture nominations, to give my reactions to this year’s selection of films in the Best Picture category. I’ll be reviewing the films in the order that they […]

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The Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts for 2014

The Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts for 2014

Again this year I was fortunate enough to be able to check out in a theater the live action short films nominated for an Academy Award. If this is even remotely an option where you are, I highly recommend it. It is genuinely encouraging to see the short films becoming more widely available both through […]

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What Drives a Filmmaker, prt 3

What Drives a Filmmaker, prt 3

I’ve been exploring this idea that there are three forces at work within filmmakers. These three forces are: financial success, artistic greatness, and communicating substance. It seems to me that these forces are sometimes complimentary, at other times at extreme odds. I suspect that at any given moment, a filmmaker is most likely to only […]

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What Drives a Filmmaker, prt 2

What Drives a Filmmaker, prt 2

I previously discussed the idea of lasting cinema, movies that seem to stick around and continue to be relevant, movies that both scholars and general cinema aficionados return to again and again. As I indicated previously, I believe that story is ultimately what determines what makes a lasting film. Certainly there are other factors that […]

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What Drives a Filmmaker, prt 1

What Drives a Filmmaker, prt 1

The Oscars are right around the corner. As with most years, I’m working on watching as many of the Oscar nominations as I can. This is a particular challenge this year given my incredibly limited free time as a new dad. One thing that often comes to mind for me around this time of year […]

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