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The East

The East

(2013)
15 months ago via Movies on Android phone

It appears that Ellen is off and running in this one. Glad to have you back.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

(2012)
19 months ago via Flixster

A great and powerful flick on many levels, Ben Zeitlin has directed a movie with a compelling story of life and death and fantasy and reality. Aided by a great musical score, cast and powerful cinematography this film rightly deserves to be given the Oscar nod. The two leads, Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry work well together as innocent and near angelic child and drunken, sick and caring father.

While not everyone's cuppa' this is a timeless piece of cinema that warrants the watch.

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

(2013)
19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Well as one British movie critic put it - this is a movie that only the home team will love. Kathryn Bigelow has done a good job at telling the Osama bin Laden story which some members of the US Congress seem to say was provided to her by leaks from intelligence. This is no "Hurt Locker" in either acting or story line but it is understandable to see the US movie critics love for this flick.

As for Jessica Chastain's Oscar nod, I don't think this would land her the win unless the Academy's politics enters into the equation. Her acting is commendable throughout the movie but there were no moments when I said to myself - Oscar. The same can be said the cinematography, no outstanding shots and save for one piece of foreshadowing (when the Navy Seal gets a ringer while playing horse shoes just prior to the "Go") the movie lacked depth.

A nice flick if you want to learn more about this seemingly endless story but not a must.

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

(2012)
19 months ago via Flixster

Well Tarantino blows away his followers yet again with perhaps his best flick to date. While bound with controversy amongst some viewers, this flick is a great combination of the classic spaghetti type western mixed in with the American south just prior to the Civil War. This movie is near perfect on all levels from great script, excellent delivery by the lead actors, cinematography (great camera angles on numerous shoots), musical score and even costume. Christoph Waltz pulls another one out of the hat with a great performance as an intellectual ex-dentist turned bounty hunter. In my mind, the Oscar for best supporting actor is already been engraved with his name (the second a Tarantino flick has earned him).

Less gore than previous movies and better than Inglorious Bastards (a great flick as well), the story is seamless and every scene in this near 3 hour movie adds to the previous. A strong contender for best flick if the Academy isn't persuaded by some of the more US propaganda feel good movies.

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