• Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.- Werner Herzog

Generation Film’s Official 2015 Oscar Ballot for the 87th Academy Awards (Final Update)

Come this Sunday the long, drawn out Award season shall come to a nail-biting close as we finally learn the choices the Academy has chosen for their prestigious and usually predictable handing out of self-congratulatory trophies. Even though the honor of what is deemed Best Picture or who is considered Best Actor or Director of … Continue reading

Generation Film’s 2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions for the 87th Academy Awards (Updated)

Below will be my Oscar Predictions for the 2015 Academy Awards. I will explain my reasoning for most of the categories and reveal my risky dark horse choices for a couple of the prominent races as well as provide my own list of which film, which actor, or which technician I would have nominated in … Continue reading

Generation Film’s Top 20 Films of 2014

20. The Double– Part steampunk fiction, part Kafkaesque nightmare, and part foreboding warning of what’s to come, Richard Ayoude’s The Double embodies the paranoia of homogenization, a fear that should be more prevalent in a social media age where voices can be copied and personas can be mimicked. Based on the novel by Dostoevsky and … Continue reading

Movie Review: A Most Violent Year (2014)- J.C. Chandor’s Third Feature Hesitantly Reflects on the Entrepreneurial Spirit, the Ethical Void of Business, and the Inevitable Embrace of Capitalism

An eternal dualistic question towards the essence of human nature could be stated as, “Is it man who corrupts society or is it society that corrupts man?” The latter concept was part of Rousseau’s romantic fallacy that society corrupts man’s original content state, which is an erroneous and flattering viewpoint of potential godly enlightenment when … Continue reading

Movie Review: Selma (2014)- Ava DuVernay’s Historical Embodiment of a Civil Rights Moment Invokes an Emphatic Story of Collective Resilience and Nuanced Emotionality

When it comes to movies about the complexities of race, the politics of repression, or representations of the brave pioneers who paved the way for progress, Hollywood has an incurable eagerness to exploit race and self-promote their effortless hindsight position of being on what is deemed “the right side of history.” Through morally dubious and … Continue reading

Movie Review: Into the Woods (2014)- Rob Marshall’s Polished and Dutiful Adaptation of Sondheim’s Musical Results in an Uneven Affair that Contains All the Whimsy but None of the Thoughtful Humanity

Devout fans of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 original musical Into the Woods know that it isn’t merely a clever revisionist twist on blending some of Grimm’s most notable fairy tales (which it is), but it’s also an ingenious use of setting that transcends physical space into a psychological plain as the darkened woods … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)- An Emotionally Inept and Overindulgent Bookend to an Unnecessary Trilogy that Loses its Sense of Magic and Wonderment

There’s something truly exceptional at the heart of what Peter Jackson has accomplished this past decade with his undeniable love for the works of J.R.R Tolkien, mostly in how he has masterfully and flawlessly created a known, palpable, and fully realized fantasy world that rivals the best of the epic Universe builders including Cecil B. … Continue reading

Movie Review: American Sniper (2014)- Eastwood’s Detached Direction and Jason Hall’s Predictable Script Result in a Shallow Exploration of a Complex Man Who Deserves More

Though there’s plenty political framing, moral posturing, and opportunistic grandstanding on war there always seems to be a missing emphasis on the soldier’s experience, or rather an acknowledgment and understanding on what war means to a soldier, how it effects a soldier, and what can be done in the aftermath for a soldier. First-hand confessions … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Gambler (2014)- An Occasionally Entertaining yet Thoroughly Empty Remake that Fails to Match the Original’s Poignant Character Study or Existentialist Themes

As it is with all unsuspecting remakes not many people will really recall the original 1974 The Gambler; a sort of existentialist exercise of carefree bravado in the world of high stakes gambling written in autobiographical context by the great James Toback, directed with unrelenting grittiness by Karel Reisz, and featuring a charismatic performance from James … Continue reading

Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)- A Literalist Interpretation of the Classic Biblical Epic that Loses Grip on its Important Themes due to an Uninspired Script, Misguided Direction, and Mediocre Acting

In response to the incessant whining from proselytizing atheists on their minority religious opinion not being recognized or heard, agnostic and rabid non-believing comedian Marc Maron said, “because it’s shrill and annoying and no one really wants to hear it.” Self-righteous atheist evangelicals are very real whether they’re the four horseman of the non-apocalypse—Richard Dawkins, … Continue reading

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