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Magic / Mike: Schulz’s 10(-Plus) Most Enjoyable Movies of 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 07 January 2013 10:15

It’s incomplete, with such 2012 releases as Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, Rust & Bone, Arbitrage, The Intouchables, Not Fade Away, and Here Comes the Boom (ha ha!) still requiring my viewing. And it’s certainly eclectic, as even I can’t fathom a double feature of titles number one and two below. But in an all-around outstanding year for movies, the following ranking of 10 selections – with a bonus inclusion – is, as of January 6, my list of the absolute best times I had as a film fanatic this past year.

 
Project CLX: A Ranking of 2012 Movies Beyond Mike's Top 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 07 January 2013 10:00

Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell in Seven Psychopaths“So, Mike, what did you think of the other 2012 movies you saw?”

Gosh, how nice of you to ask!

In descending order of appreciation ... .

 
Predicting the 2013 Academy Award Nominees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:44

Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark ThirtyWill it be Argo’s year or Lincoln’s? Affleck’s or not-Affleck’s? Day-Lewis’ or ... ?

Well, it’s gonna be Day-Lewis’.

But before we can take stabs at guessing this year’s Oscar winners, they have to be nominated first, so the following are my predictions – subject to immediate hand-wringing and eventual embarrassment – for the 2013 Academy Award nominations, which will be officially announced on Thursday, January 10. (The ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 24.)

 
Politics and Morals, Myths and Hope: Reading Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:55

Obviously, a lot of noise surrounded The Dark Knight Rises, starting with the hype and anticipation. Then came the extreme reactions to some early negative reviews. And then the midnight-screening mass shooting in Colorado appropriately redirected attention to important matters.

The deaths of 12 people and the injuries to dozens more in that Colorado movie theatre on July 20 highlighted that neither a movie nor Batman is anywhere near as important as human lives.

Yet the arts are still integral to our existence, and whatever you think of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy as films, these movies will stand as key markers in the lives of many millions of people and in the movie business, and they will be viewed as reflections of their cultural and political time. Like the original trio of Star Wars movies, we can already see them as significant pop-art artifacts.

For those reasons alone, Nolan’s Batman movies deserve close scrutiny. They also reward inspection and consideration, as the writer/director has conceived and executed them with a rigor and density unusual to blockbusters. (Expect spoilers, although I’ve tried to be circumspect about late developments in The Dark Knight Rises until the final section.)

 
Everything New Is Old Again: Notes on the 2012 Academy Awards Telecast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 27 February 2012 13:34

Best Actress Meryl StreepThe first trophy handed out at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony was for Best Cinematography, a prize that I predicted would go to The Tree of Life but that instead went to Hugo. (Seriously, after his undeserved losses for 2006’s Children of Men and now the Terrence Malick film, exactly whom does Emmanuel Lubezki have to do to win an Oscar?) But that was actually my second incorrect assumption of the evening, because as soon as host Billy Crystal stepped on stage, I said to the others at my viewing party, “Here comes the standing ovation,” and the audience – despite giving the man a warm reception – remained seated. Did the crowd have a collective premonition of just how spectacularly Crystal would bomb last night?

 
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