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Minisode 37: No Country for Old Men

3 Apr

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the winner of Best Picture for 2007.

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Minisode 36: 12 Years a Slave

13 Mar

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh talk about the latest winner of Best Picture, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

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Minisode 34: The Hurt Locker

21 Feb

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, the winner of Best Picture for 2009.

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Minisode 33: The King’s Speech

13 Feb

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss the winner of Best Picture for 2010, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech.

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Minisode 32: The Artist

31 Jan

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh discuss Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist.

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Minisode 31: Argo

17 Jan

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In this minisode, Tyler and Josh kick off their “Best of Pictures” series with a discussion of Ben Affleck’s Argo.

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The Best of Pictures- Argo (2012), by Josh Long

4 Mar

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ARGO (2012)
Directed by: Ben Affleck
Written by: Chris Terrio
Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman

Throughout the years, and especially recently, the Academy Awards have taken criticism for being self-congratulatory. A glittering gala, held for the richest people in the film industry, where they give each other golden statues for achievements. While I find this an overly cynical view of the Oscars (and of awards shows in general), I can see where the sentiment comes from, especially when class-warfare language has become so prevalent. This year, the Academy seems either unaware or unconcerned with this criticism, giving the Best Picture award to a movie about how Hollywood rescued Iranian hostages. Directed by Hollywood Insider (and Oscar winner) Ben Affleck and produced by Hollywood Insider (and Oscar winner) George Clooney.

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The Best of Pictures- The Artist (2011), by Josh Long

3 Apr

THE ARTIST (2011)
Written and Directed by: Michael Hazanavicius
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, John Goodman

Do we remember silent film? There are lots of us cinephiles who have watched many great silents, sometimes out of genuine enjoyment, and other times out of curiosity. But the further we get from the era of Chaplin and Murnau, the less likely it seems that the casual movie-goer has ever seen a silent movie. When Michel Hazanavicius brought the genre back into the limelight with The Artist, audiences revisited their feelings about this long-lost style of filmmaking.

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The Best of Pictures: The King’s Speech (2010), by Josh Long

4 Mar

THE KING’S SPEECH (2010)
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Written by: David Seidler
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall

In 2010, the Oscars were coming off a year with some big changes – the bump up to ten Best Picture nominations, inclusion of some big-budget crowd pleasers in addition to artsy “prestige” films, and a different kind of Best Picture; a small scale summer release about soldiers in Iraq. It seemed like maybe Oscar was moving in a new direction, the beginning of a new era. But old habits die hard, and whether it was for good or not, the Academy Awards went back to business as usual with The King’s Speech.

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The Best of Pictures: Braveheart (1995), by Josh Long

28 Feb

BRAVEHEART (1995)
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Written by: Randall Wallace
Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Brendan Gleeson, Angus MacFadyen

Like or hate Mel Gibson, he has undoubtedly created some of the most striking and memorable images in modern American film. He was already a Hollywood icon when he began the transition into directing. Some of his beliefs have gotten him into trouble especially in recent years, but he also clearly has ideas with which the American psyche identifies. In Braveheart he presented those ideas to us as director and producer – and won Oscar gold for both 1.

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