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That Breathtaking Cinematic Moment in Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy'

Xavier Dolan's Mommy

"It's not where you take things from—it's where you take them to." (-Jean-Luc Godard) There is a moment in Xavier Dolan's film Mommy, officially my #1 film of 2014, that took my breath away. It's the kind of moment all cinema enthusiasts live for, the kind of visceral surprise that leaves you in such awe that you end up holding your breath until that moment – the scene – ends. The more I think about it, the more it grows in my mind, and upon further reflection I believe it is one of the defining moments in cinema in 2014. That no one is talking about… yet. I can't get it out of my mind, and out of everything I saw in 2014, it's one of the most brilliant cinematic decisions any filmmaker made. Xavier Dolan showing the rest how it's done.

 Posted January 19 in Discuss, Editorial, Indies | Comments

Sound Off: Michael Mann's Hacker Thriller 'Blackhat' - Your Thoughts?

Blackhat Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "To you this is just a game, the virtual world!" Director Michael Mann is back with his latest action-thriller Blackhat (once known as Cyber), starring Chris Hemsworth as a blackhat hacker named Nicholas Hathaway, recruited by the government to help them solve an attack on a nuclear power plant in China. The cast includes Leehom Wang and Wei Tang as his Chinese cohorts, along with Viola Davis and Holt McCallany representing the US side. The hacker movie was produced by Legendary Pictures, and is now in theaters. So is it any good? Is it even worth seeing? Is it another hit for Mann or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Mann's Blackhat.

 Posted January 16 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

87th Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2014

Academy Awards

The complete list of nominees for the 87th Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (via oscar.go.com). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees this morning live via online/television broadcast. The selection seemed to be quite diverse, with some snubs, but lots of acclaim as well focusing on the excellent films from 2014. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This year, The Academy selected a total of eight Best Picture nominee films, including: Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Selma (!), Whiplash and American Sniper. So without further ado, here is the full list of 2015 nominees from 2014…

 Posted January 15 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

2015 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Boyhood' Wins Best Drama

Golden Globe Award

The winners of the HFPA's 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by the incredibly talented Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, back for three years in a row as some of the best hosts they've had. Our list below will be updated with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the ceremony's live broadcast. The nominees were odd as usual, and we're not sure who will win with so many great films in the running, so let's find out what the HFPA likes this time. Find out which films took home Globes! List below.

 Posted January 11 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Sound Off: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' - Your Thoughts?

Inherent Vice Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that…" Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice.

 Posted January 9 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Watch & Discuss: Are These the Best Films of the Decade So Far?

The Best Films of the Decade So Far

We're just digging into 2015, and that means we're right in the middle of this current decade. And that's enough of a reason for the folks at Fandor to put together a list of The Best Films of the Decade So Far. However, this wasn't something that they determined on their own. Instead, a casual question about what people thought the best movie of the decade was on social media resulted in hundreds of replies on Twitter and Facebook. And so they decided to tally up the votes and see how a list turned out. But instead of just delivering a list, they also put together a countdown video showing off the 26 films that made the cut. Look!

 Posted January 9 in Discuss, To Watch | Comments

Sound Off: Olivier Megaton's 'Taken 3' with Liam Neeson - Thoughts?

Taken 3

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It ends here! He's back, again, for another round of phone threats and high stakes action. In theaters now is Taken 3, bringing back Liam Neeson for a third time as Bryan Mills, father of Kim, played by Maggie Grace, the one person he will kill anyone to protect. The cast in this sequel includes Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott, and involves a twist where Bryan is framed for the murder of his wife Lenore, played by Famke Janssen. How is it? Any better than the first two or more of the same? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Megaton's Taken 3.

 Posted January 9 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Watch: First Cut 2015, A 'Movie Mashup Preview' of the Year Ahead

First Cut 2015

"Two-thousand-fifteen! You mean – we're in the future?!" It's 2015! It's finally here, the year when we get another Avengers movie and a new Star Wars movie, not to mention Jurassic World and Mad Max. With the new year underway, friend of the site Nick Bosworth has cut together another one of his mashup videos, but instead of a retrospective on the year past he's looking forward at the year ahead - 2015. The video is just a quick glimpse at some of the Hollywood movies on the line-up for 2015 (and a fun nod to Back to the Future: Part II) and should get you excited for all we have in store, even if the first few months are filled with boring releases. Then again, maybe there are some great films coming up pretty soon. Fire it up below.

 Posted January 5 in Discuss, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Welcome to 2015: The Year of Fifty Shades of Jurassic Ultron Wars

Welcome to 2015

It's here. Welcome to 2015. By the end of this year, after another 12 months, we will have seen the new Star Wars movie from J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm/Disney. But before that, we'll also see Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Spectre, and oh yes, Fifty Shades of Grey. It's one of those kind of years. The ones that we write about at the beginning, where we all say "whoa" there's a whole boatload of incredible new films in the works all due in theaters this year. Including a new Terrence Malick movie (or maybe two?). I know, what the f**k is going on?! But, here we are, we made it, Bienvenue à 2015.

 Posted January 1 in Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Exploring Feelings of Freedom and Control in Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

All I want is to be free… Without a doubt, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is going to leave a long-lasting impression on cinematic history, primarily as a film beautifully crafted out of 12 years of footage but also as a story that captures the actual feel of growing up in America. Not only in the way certain fleeting moments mean more in the end than big events, but also in the way our upbringing shapes us. How the way we're raised, and the experiences that we're involved in, influence the person we become and the attitudes we maintain. Within Boyhood, there was one strong feeling that I picked up on the very first time I saw it at Sundance in January (and it has been on my mind ever since) – the nagging desire to be free from control. After another rewatch, I've confirmed that control is omnipresent throughout Boyhood. Let me explain.

 Posted December 30 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat | Comments

Sony Pictures Still Planning to Release 'The Interview' Somewhere?

The Interview

If you've been following the news the past few days, you've undoubtedly heard about the debacle concerning the Sony Pictures comedy The Interview from writers and directors Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. The film was set to be released on Christmas Day, but the studio pulled it from release after major theater chains dropped the film following threats by the Guardians of Peace, the same group responsible for hacking into Sony Pictures and leaking thousand of documents and e-mails with private information. But now it seems Sony Pictures may not have completely given up on The Interview seeing the light of day. Read on!

 Posted December 21 in Discuss, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Sound Off: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' - Thoughts?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Will you follow me, one last time?" Peter Jackson presents his final (supposedly) adventure in Middle Earth, the conclusion of The Hobbit with The Battle of the Five Armies, now playing in theaters. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, who must figure out what's next after making his way into the mountain and escaping Smaug the Dragon. Richard Armitage as Thorin takes center stage, along with Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and of course Ian McKellen as Gandalf. So how is it? Better than the other two? Does it live up to the Lord of the Rings movies? Is it even worth seeing in theaters or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PJ's grand finale The Battle of the Five Armies.

 Posted December 19 in Discuss, Hobbit, Sound Off | Comments

George Clooney Wants 'The Interview' VOD, Tried to Rally Hollywood

Georce Clooney

After major movie theater chains opted not to book The Interview to open on Christmas Day amidst threats of terrorism against any theaters showing the film, Sony Pictures decided not to release the film at all, and that includes VOD and home video for now. There's been plenty of discussion and rage about this decision fueled by fear of Kim Jong-un and North Korea, who are believed to be the driving force behind these threats and the hack of Sony Pictures, because of their distaste for the comedy about an attempt to assassinate the leader. Now Hollywood heavy-hitter George Clooney weighs in and highlights an attempt to get Hollywood's key players to rally behind Sony so they didn't have to scrap the film's release out of fear.

 Posted December 19 in Discuss, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Looking Ahead: Alex & Ethan's 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

Beginning this week, we will be taking a look back at the year in cinema that was 2014, from our favorite posters to our favorite movies and more. We've already been featuring some retrospectives of all the movies that came out this year with videos like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014 (and we have more of those coming soon, too). But today, we're ready to look forward to all the new movies coming up next year with a list of our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015. There's a couple Marvel movies, a new Quentin Tarantino flick and of course the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away. Together we chose 20 movies that we just can't wait to see, with explanation for each. Look!

 Posted December 16 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat, Hype | Comments

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