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2014 Oscar Predictions

Along with hundreds of other pundits posting their predictions for this Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, here are my picks for who will win, who I want to win, and who should have been nominated.  Best Picture12 Years a SlaveAmerican HustleCaptain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubGravityHerNebraskaPhilomenaThe Wolf of Wall Street Will win: Gravity Should win: 12 Years a Slave Should have… Read more »

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The Best Films of 2013, Part 2

I love so many movies from this year that making a top twenty was beyond difficult; these top ten could easily be moved around and still hold the impact I want, since this year has many great films worthy of being at the top. Part one, with the eleventh through twentieth best films of 2013,… Read more »

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The Best Actors of 2013

1. Robert Redford, All is Lost Robert Redford’s performance in All is Lost is one of the great performances in modern cinema. It relies heavily on silent film techniques and asks him to provide emotion to a nameless, effectively dialogue-free role. As “Our Man,” Redford is stranded at sea in his boat after a shipping container breaks into… Read more »

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The Best Supporting Actors of 2013

1. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Creating one of the most petrifying villains I’ve seen in years, Michael Fassbender plays Edwin Epps, a sadistic slaveowner who takes in Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofor) after he’s been almost killed at another plantation. Epps treats his slaves even more brutally, often savagely beating them for not meeting quota while… Read more »

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The Wolf of Wall Street – Movie Review

The Wolf of Wall Street is gluttonous, over-indulgent, misogynistic, and coke-addled, much like its main character. Martin Scorsese’s rampant, viciously entertaining film runs 179 minutes and tells the story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young gun who goes to Wall St. in hopes of making a success out of his life. Lo and behold, he… Read more »