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Archive for January, 2012

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

It’s only natural that we as humans want to find reasoning and logic behind conflict. Especially personal conflict, where one looses someone they love.

In Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel of the same title) our protagonist, Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) is attempting to make sense of his father’s tragic death. Read More

Rating: ★★☆☆
With A Little Help From My Friends

In case you missed yesterday’s post … here it is. It’s the start of a new feature I’m beginning here at Duke & The Movies, entitled Sunday Personals. These articles will be about everything from why Annie Hall pure genius to how come Mitt Romney is such a lying, two-faced corporate money stealing individual, to why high school is a near abomination to the human intellect. Read More

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Sunday Personals: A Change

Come the end of my freshman year in high school, it was clear that a change in surroundings was needed. I can’t quite pinpoint when I had this epiphany, nor can I tell you that I’ve made the correct decision. What I can say, though, is that a process that includes moving across the country – away from one’s father, family, and friends – is an experience full of anguish, perplexity, and if one is lucky, a small glimmer of optimism. Read More

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My Favorite Films of 2011

Today I celebrate the films I’ve embraced over the past year. The ones that resonated. Notice the phrasing I just utilized. This is not a best list. How could I possibly be the ultimate ranker of art? Everything is relative.

We know art is subjective and beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. The films mentioned below are the ones I believe to be beautiful works of true, compassionate art. Read More

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Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge is indeed about a person who is on a ledge, for a majority of the films 102-minute duration.

If the previous sentence doesn’t caution you – at least in terms of the amount of silliness that ensues – than I can’t quite help you. Read More

Rating: ★★☆☆

Haywire

January 25, 2012 | 10 Comments | Featured, Old Format

Haywire

Gina Carano reinvents the wheel of sexy females beholding a fierce bravado in Steven Soderbergh’s kinetic, jazzy thrill ride Haywire.

Written by Lem Dobbs (The Score & Dark City) the film follows in the tradition of the Soderbergh-esque narrative. We receive many plotlines with great actors jumbled into one film, all of which will – by the end – coalesce in some fashion. Read More

Rating: ★★★☆
The 2012 Oscar Nominations

Good morning everyone,

Guess who woke up at 5:30 A.M. to write and publish this article for all you dedicated readers?

No need to answer.

This morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their nominations of 2011 film. This will be the 84th ceremony for the Academy. The show is planned to broadcast on February 26th hosted by ABC. The widely popular program will be aired nationwide and to a plethora of countries across the globe. Read More

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With A Little Help From My Friends

At last, finals at school have concluded. Yours truly did well.

Now that’s it – no more discussion of education.

Our weekly articles ….

Spike Lee has a new film coming out in the next few months. Mr. Alex Withrow talks about his favorite scene in He Got Game.

The Razzies will be releasing their nominations today, Nick talks about a truly atrocious film entitled Trespass.

So apparently The Grey may be a valuable film according to Dear Film.

What’s your favorite performance for soon to be actor Jeff Bridges?

The Oscar nominations will be released on Tuesday. I’ll have momentary updates on the selections. Never Too Early has been covering the show for quite some time.

Blue Valentine was one of my favorite films of 2010. Devastating and heartbreaking, Rachel gives her take on of my favorite films of the decade.

What’s your take on questions left unanswered in films? Ryan discusses the meaning behind it all.

The Southern Vision has recently celebrated its birthday. Foreign and independent cinema is aplenty.

Should the book matter? Matt is asking the questions this week about literature and film.

Do you favor actors with smooth voices? Is that a peculiar question? Well, who cares. Ruth discusses her ten favorite actors with so called “smooth voices“.

Thank you for reading. Have a good Monday.

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The Year 2011 In Reviews

While looking back at 2011 in film, I’m quite frankly amazed by how many reviews I ended up publishing this past year.

I understand that’s a bit self congratulatory – but the final running total, shocked me. Read More

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The Artist

January 21, 2012 | 12 Comments | Featured, Old Format

The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist is not worth viewing because it’s a black and white silent film or because compared to what’s out nowadays, it’s unique or because writers have bent over backwards to award the picture with every accolade in their critical arsenal. Read More

Rating: ★★★☆

Red Tails

January 20, 2012 | 16 Comments | Featured, Old Format

Red Tails

It’s here! It’s finally here!

After 23 years of rejection, cinematic torture, and pure lack of interest from every conceivable motion picture studio, George Lucas’ retelling of the Tuskegee Airmen’s battle against racism and the Germans during WW II, has at last been released and is now playing at a theater near you.

The question is: is it any good? Read More

Rating: ★★☆☆
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy categorically fits into the spy genre, but not necessarily. By today’s standards, spy thrillers contain a run-and-gun mentality, driven by suave personas, flashy cars, exotic women and exhilarating action sequences. Read More

Rating: ★★★☆
With A Little Help From My Friends

Good morning everyone,

I hope you all had a nice weekend filled with lovely events and beautiful butterflies, happiness aplenty.

Warm enough opening for you all? I thought so.

Lets get to our weekly articles: Read More

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Golden Globes Awards 2012

While watching the 69th edition of The Golden Globes with a few of my friends I had a realization: Thank God for the Oscars.

I know me, you, and everyone we know constantly criticize the Oscars for being wildly incorrect and tasteless in a few of their selections, but when compared to The Golden Globes, we should so fortunate to have such a committee. Read More

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Contraband

January 15, 2012 | 8 Comments | Featured, Old Format

Contraband

Macho testosterone is aplenty in Contraband – the newest action/thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as another charismatic tough guy who beats the living day lights out of anyone who gets in his way. Read More

Rating: ★★½☆