Farewell 2014! Random Best/Worst Cinematic Recap of the Year

Wow, where has the time go?? I still can't believe it's already the LAST day of 2014. But y'know what, I'm actually looking forward to the new year, both in terms of film as well as personally and professionally speaking. This past week I started thinking about some cinematic items I like and don't like, so for the …

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Last Blindspot film of the year: The Sting (1973)

In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. This turns out to be second George Roy Hill movie I saw, whom I didn't know was born in Minnesota. The first film of his I saw was Butch Cassidy …

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[Last 2014] Weekend Roundup + Mini Reviews of The Trip To Italy, The Immigrant, Exodus: Gods & Kings and Into the Woods

Hello hello! Hope you had a lovely long Holiday weekend. It's quite a nice and relaxing holiday for me, though it ended up being a pretty busy one hanging out with friends. I did fit in some movie-watching, even went to the cinema for Exodus though it was more of a last-minute decision when some friends invited …

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Everybody’s Chattin’ + Good/Bad Movie Surprises of 2014

It's the day after Christmas and I'm taking a bit of a blogging break so I can catch up on reviews. I couldn't help starting a bunch of year-end lists though, I'll be posting them towards the end of the year and spill over into January. It's always fun making lists and I was inspired by Ms …

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Merry Christmas! Reminiscing on the alternative Christmas classic: Batman Returns

It's December 25 and I thought I'd take the time to wish you all a wonderful Christmas... wherever you are. It's not quite a White Christmas here in Minnesota. The snow that's supposed to hit us today seems to have shift to Friday, which is a bummer as for once I don't mind having a snowy Christmas …

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Music Break: Top 10 Favorite Film Scores of 2014

I'm so behind on my year-end top ten lists, but hey, I think January is still a great time for those lists right? 😉 I was listening to NPR two nights ago and caught host Robert Siegel interviewing composer Thomas Newman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Road To Perdition, Wall•E, etc.) and naturally I started thinking …

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007 December Blogathon – 10 Reasons Why Licence to Kill (1989) is one of my all time favorite Bond films

Most of you who read this blog regularly knows I’m a huge Bond fan as I grew up watching them with my two brothers. Over the years I’ve become more partial to Timothy Dalton’s portrayal as Bond and I always appreciate both of his Bond films. I only wish he had the chance to do …

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Musings on the final Hobbit trilogy: The Battle of the Five Armies

Seems like it was ages ago since I saw the first Hobbit film. But in fact it was exactly two years ago that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released. There were – and still are – quibbles about how a 320-page book warrants a three-film adaptation, and I was actually one of those people who …

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2015 BLIND SPOT series: My 12 film picks

Ok so I've completed my first Blind Spot series! Well ok I might've missed a couple for one reason or another – Time Bandits and How The West Was Won – but I'd still watch them at some point. The Blind Spot series was originally spearheaded by Ryan at The Matinee, and I was also inspired by Dan's list …

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FlixChatter Review: Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

It's been nearly a month since I saw this film, but I'm still thinking about it. In fact, I was just telling a friend over coffee this weekend how the more I think about this film, the more I like it. The story revolves around Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton in an art-imitating-life sort of …

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