The 86th annual Academy Awards will air Sunday night on ABC. Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, this year’s awards ceremony features an impressive array of nominees. Here are Cadenza’s predictions of who will win in the major categories. BEST PICTURE ‘12 Years a Slave’ ‘American Hustle’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ ‘Gravity’ ‘Her’ ‘Nebraska’ ‘Philomena’ ‘The Wolf of [...]
To say it was controversial would be an understatement. Anti-Semitism, excessive violence, scriptural deviation—the charges leveled against it were numerous and fierce, with many coming months before the film’s release. It certainly didn’t help that Mel Gibson—no Boy Scout himself—was the film’s primary creative force. (He both directed and co-wrote it.
Back in his heyday, Robert Redford was the very definition of handsome. I’m sure there was a time when it seemed he would escape the physical decay that signals our march toward death, but he didn’t. Bags, wrinkles and flab have replaced the radiance of his youth. Sure, he doesn’t look bad for 77, but he’s no longer Robert Redford the movie star.
[rating stars=4] Even if you wandered into “American Hustle” two hours late and only caught the closing credits, you’d know that it’s going to be a major awards show contender this season. Directed by David O.
A man falls in love with an operating system. Cue jokes about introverted geeks who rely on the Internet for social interaction, or maybe a scathing critique of how technology runs our lives, blah blah blah. We’ll get the inevitable scene in which the protagonist’s friend shakes him from his techno-stupor.
It’s hard to critique a movie adaptation of a beloved book objectively. Naturally, we fans want to nitpick over every tiny change and lament how such-and-such character doesn’t look the same way we imagined. In the best-case scenario, though, having read the book will bias our opinion of the movie positively since the film tells the same story that we know and love.
Holidays carry a certain mystical quality as a child. You may not understand their meanings, but the rituals have a magnetic pull nonetheless. Among the most sacred rituals of my childhood were the “Peanuts” holiday specials. With 46 television specials to his name, Charlie Brown was an ever-present fixture in the Matousek household.
Hollywood seems to be afraid to tell a story that didn’t come from a comic book or that can’t have “based on a true story” slapped on its poster. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, though, if it’s a story we need to hear and one that we otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to.
When viewing a movie based off a book, I always have trouble separating the cinematic version from its source material and judging the film on its own merits.
Holidays used to be a chance to relax and enjoy time with family. Now, it means going to see the newest movie releases. Not that we are complaining, though, because it’s also the time of year when all the awards contenders leave their fancy festivals and the rest of us get to see what critics have been raving about for months.