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Vacation Daze: "The Impossible," "Promised Land," and "Texas Chainsaw" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 13:25

Naomi Watts and Tom Holland in The ImpossibleTHE IMPOSSIBLE

Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible, based on one family’s experiences in the wake of 2004’s horrific Asia tsunami, is a supremely well-designed, emotionally draining disaster tale, and its opening minutes filled me with great dread. If only that dread were caused by the approaching tsunami.

 
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.)

 
Vox Populi: "Les Misérables" and "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 31 December 2012 08:19

Isabelle Allen and Hugh Jackman in Les MiserablesLES MISÉRABLES

Director Tom Hooper’s take on the über-beloved musical Les Misérables is, in numerous regards, a maddeningly weak stage-to-screen transfer. Scenes have been bluntly presented with no discernible invention or style. The incessant employment of closeups creates stagnancy in sequences and numbers that beg for breathing room. The movie’s two most prominent actors are cast in roles for which they can’t nearly do vocal justice. And, so help me, I ravenously gobbled up every last, unsubtle, frequently disappointing morsel of the thing.

 
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