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Review: Red Hook Summer

Is this really a Spike Lee Joint? That was one of many questions¹ posed during the first two minutes of Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer,” a coming of age story that chronicles a young boy’s summer vacation inside the Brooklyn housing projects with his gravely religious grandfather. As the sixth film in Lee’s “Chronicles of […]

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Review: Beasts of The Southern Wild

“Once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in a bathtub,” is the bold line uttered by ingenue Quvenzhane Wallis –  a line so simple yet so piercing that it resonates throughout the film and makes for a very triumphant culmination. Loosely based on Lucy Alibar’s play “Juicy and Delicious,” Benh Zeitlin’s […]

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It’s Been a Long Time…

… I shouldn’t have left you (left you) without a dope beat to step to. *insert some fancy dance break here for added effect* Did 2012 even exist on this blog? It’s almost embarrassing to say that it has been nearly a year since my last post, largely due in part to the fact that […]

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Review: Django Unchained

At a recent Museum of Modern Art benefit honoring Quentin Tarantino, Peter Bogdonavich (“Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon”)  introduced him as “the single most influential director of his generation,” and with his latest revenge fantasy  ‘Django Unchained,’ the follow-up to his  2009 epic ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ he’s more than earned that stamp of approval. Inspired by […]

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New York Film Critics Circle Name 2011 Winners

The New York Film Critics Circle finally got it together long enough this afternoon to release a complete list of winners for 2011.  Notable winners included The Artist (Best Film/Best Director), Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady and Brad Pitt for Moneyball and The Tree of Life. Take a look at the full list down […]

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The Real Reel’s Oscar Wish List: Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (The Help) Category fraud goes against every thing we believe but this is the only way that Viola Davis will take home a gold statue on Oscar. With the way the leading actress race is shaping up, there are way too many factors working against her – two legendary actresses are “due” and […]

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2012 Spirit Award Nominees Announced

The Film Independent Spirit Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle are respectively announcing their nominees and winners today. Seeing as the NYFCC haven’t realized that their not twelve angry men on a jury – they’ve only announced six winners in the last two hours in a live vote – so a full list […]

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2011 Gotham Award Winners Announced

New York City was the place to be last night, as awards season kicked off in full swing at the 21st Gotham Independent Film Awards.  The east coast based awards show has become one of the biggest precursors of the season with last year’s Best Feature winner “Winter’s Bone” scoring  four Oscar nominations, including Best […]

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Trailer: Melancholia

Though one may need to be under the influence to fully enjoy it,  Melancholia  has become  one of my most anticipated films of the year.   Despite the  Cannes drama surrounding Lars Von Trier, the film’s director, Melancholia  still went on to become a possible awards season vehicle for Kirsten Dunst – someone who has […]

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Review: Friends With Benefits

Funny, smart, sexy and subtly heartwarming− Friends With Benefits is the romantic comedy that’s not a romantic comedy starring first time leading actors Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, both of whom received critical acclaim in their respective Academy Award nominated films earlier this year. When emotionally damaged head hunter Jamie (Kunis) recruits emotionally unavailable Dylan […]

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