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‘Killers’ (2014): When Cinematic Violence Asks Hard Questions

Directed by: The Mo Brothers || Produced by: Yoshinori Chiba, Shinjiro Nishimura, Takuji Ushiyama, Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto Screenplay by: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto || Starring: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy, Ersya Aurelia, Epy Kasnandar, Mei Kurokawa Music by: Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi || Cinematography by: Gunnar Nimpuno || Edited … Continue reading

‘The Lunchbox’ (2013): Indian Awards-Bait

Directed by: Ritesh Batra || Produced by: Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga Screenplay by: Ritesh Batra || Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Denzil Smith, Bharai Achrekar, Nakul Vaid, Yashvi Puneet, Lillete Dubey Music by: Max Richter || Cinematography by: Michael Simmonds || Edited by: John F. Lyons || Country: India, France, Germany … Continue reading

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood: A Masterpiece of Flawlessness that Took 12 Years to Make

Red Letter Media’s Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman summed up how I feel about Boyhood (2014) and all its much ballyhooed critical praise, including its recent six (6) Academy Award nominations: Also, did you know that it took twelve (12!) years to make? Because, like, nothing else in cinema has ever been shot over multiple … Continue reading

‘American Sniper’ (2014): Bradley Cooper Tries Something New

Directed by: Clint Eastwood || Produced by: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper, Peter Morgan Screenplay by: Jason Hall || Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Max Charles, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman, Cory Hardrict Music by: Joseph DeBeasi, Clint Eastwood || Cinematography: Joel Cox || Edited by: Gary D. Roach … Continue reading

‘The Imitation Game’ (2014): Acceptable Oscar-Bait?

Directed by: Morten Tyldum || Produced by: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman Screenplay by: Graham Moore || Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear Music by: Alexandre Desplat || Cinematography by: Oscar Faura || Edited by: William Goldenberg || Country: United Kingdom || Language: … Continue reading

Reality Check: 2015 Oscar Nominations-Freakout Time

Every year around late January to early February when the Academy Award nominations are announced, tons of people waste plenty of energy whining and bitching about what films got picked and which didn’t. The complaints often go something like this: ‘Whaa, whaa, Whaaaaa, my favorite movie/actor/director/whomever/whatever didn’t get nominated! Whaaa, it’s almost like the Academy … Continue reading

Fuck you, it’s January!

As we begin our slog through the new year with what is widely acknowledged to be the worst month of the entire calendar, both in terms of movie-releases, general weather, and overall mood, it’s time to appreciate just how fucking ridiculous the year 2014 really was. It’s also time for my longtime heroes at Red Letter … Continue reading

‘The Babadook’ (2014): Revamped Jungian Horror

Directed by: Jennifer Kent || Produced by: Kristina Cetyon, Dristian Moliere Screenplay by: Jennifer Kent || Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben Winspear Music by: Jed Kurzel || Cinematography: Radek Ladczuk || Edited by: Simon Njoo || Country: Australia || Language: English Running Time: 94 minutes What separates quality horror … Continue reading

‘Selma’ (2014): Critics Told Me to Like It

Directed by: Ava DuVernay || Produced by: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey Screenplay by: Paul Webb || Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, Giovanni Ribisi, Keith Stanfield, Alessandro Nivola, Andre Holland, Wendell Pierce Music by: Jason Moran || Cinematography: Bradford Young || Edited by: Spencer Averick || … Continue reading

‘The Theory of Everything’ (2014): Vintage Oscar-Bait

Directed by: James Marsh || Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten Screenplay by: Anthony McCarten || Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Simon, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis, Christian McKay, Maxine Peake, Guy Oliver-Watts Music by: Johann Johannsson || Cinematography by: Benoit Delhomme || Edited by: Jinx Godfrey || Country: … Continue reading