2012: A Year At The Movies

2012 was a magnificent year for the movies. They are more diverse, more personal, and more magical than ever. Yes, there was the onslaught of the usual blockbuster fare, sequels left and right, and the mighty flops that were John Carter and Battleship, but there was so much more to discover in theaters this year. It is quite possible that 2012 was one of the best years for the cinema, maybe not on par with 1939 or 1960, but time will tell which of these stories permeate the collective consciousness and hang around and continue to inform our experiences. 2012 also saw a great amount of cinema history as … Continue reading 2012: A Year At The Movies

In Their Words – Saturday, December 29, 2012

“I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it – if my work has anything it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together. If people don’t like that, then tough titty, don’t go and see it, alright? I steal from everything. Great artists steal; they don’t do homages.” -Quentin Tarantino Continue reading In Their Words – Saturday, December 29, 2012

Movie Beat – 12.28.12

Allegiance – It’s the last weekend for releases of the great 2012, too bad that it will go out with a whimper and not a bang. First up is a low-budget independent about a company of soldiers awaiting deployment to Iraq (methinks this movie is a few years behind the times). One soldier is being sent home, and one solider has a sick kid and wants to stay home, but they won’t let him. Too bad that he is also the most talented medic the company has seen and those are the guys they usually keep around. To whom do … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.28.12

In Their Words – Thursday, December 27, 2012

“There is no line between art and pornography. You can make art of anything. You can make an experimental movie with that candle or with this tape recorder. You can make a piece of art with a cat drinking milk. You can make a piece of art with people having sex. There is no line. Anything that is shot or reproduced in an unusual way is considered artistic or experimental.” -Gaspar Noé Continue reading In Their Words – Thursday, December 27, 2012

Movie Beat – 12.25.12

Django Unchained – What could say Christmas more than a Quentin Tarantino movie? Set in the South two years prior to the Civil War, Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is a bounty hunter who frees Django (Jamie Foxx) from slavery because he needs Django’s special knowledge of a very large bounty. Django comes along for the ride, because what could be better than getting paid to kill all the folks who whipped you and stole your wife? Of course all of this leads back to the terrible and ferocious Calvin Candie (Leonardo DeCaprio). Part Spaghetti Western, part German Fairytale, total Tarantino. Few … Continue reading Movie Beat – 12.25.12