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

Movie Review: Noah- Darren Aronofsky’s Updated Environmental Biblical Epic Finds Strength in Visual Metaphor but Loses Itself in an Uneven and Preachy Presentation

Darren Aronofsky is arguably a working, living, and breathing auteur who invokes deeply personal viewpoints and a stylistic hue towards reinforcing that perception who consistently challenges our pristine comfort levels and our fairly conventional perceptions with edgy, moody, and darkly meditative material. So it came as an oddly intriguing surprise to hear that he would … Continue reading

Generation Film’s Official 2014 Oscar Ballot Picks

Below is my official ballot for the 2013 Oscars that will be airing tomorrow. What you’ll notice about my picks is that I’ll choose who is most likely to win and also comment on who I personally think deserves to win the award. As you’ve noticed in years past these two hardly ever overlap but … Continue reading

Generation Film’s Golden Globe Winner Predictions 2014

Best Picture (Drama) Nominees 1. 12 Years a Slave 2. Gravity 3. Captain Phillips 4. Rush 5. Philomena Who Will Win: 12 Years a Slave; Who Should Win: 12 Years a Slave No other film this year has captured all of our physical, atmospheric, and emotional senses as strongly as Steve McQueen’s gripping slavery drama 12 … Continue reading

Generation Film’s Top 20 Films of 2013

20. Fruitvale Station 19. The Great Beauty 18. Upstream Color 17. The Past 16. Kings of Summer 15. American Hustle 14. Frances Ha 13. Captain Phillips 12. The Hunt 11. Stories We Tell 10. Gravity 9. Mud 8. The Act of Killing 7. Nebraska 6. Her 5. Blue is the Warmest Color 4. Short Term … Continue reading

Generation Film’s 2013 Academy Award (Oscar) Nominee Predictions Pt. 2: The Acting Categories

Best Actor Who will most likely be nominated: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12  Years a Slave) Bruce Dern (Nebraska) Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) Robert Redford (All is Lost) Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) Some potential sleepers: Forrest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), … Continue reading

Generation Film’s 2013 Academy Award (Oscar) Nominee Predictions Pt. 1: Best Picture and Best Director

It’s that time of year again where rushed movie outings occur to catch up on all of the missed films so that faux-Oscar ballots can be created in order to compete with family and friends at home in an epic showdown that always leaves friendships damaged and family separated. Okay, perhaps it doesn’t get that … Continue reading

Movie Review: Oldboy (2013)- Another Pointless Remake that Loses All Sense of Thrilling Subtlety and Thematic Messaging Due to Spike Lee’s Mismanaged Direction

Vengeance begets vengeance has been a tragic theme in the works of South Korean auteur Chan-Wook Park and was a thought that was expressed rather eloquently in his adaptation of the manga comic Oldboy metaphorically using a damaged portrait of a laughing man that stated underneath, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and … Continue reading

Movie Review: Her- Spike Jonze’s Prophetic Reflection on Social Isolation and the Dependency on Evolving Technologies is as Sweet as it is Disconcerting

At the heart of every truly great science-fiction film there is an emphasis on character that aims to reflect on some element of the human condition usually intended to open our minds to thought provoking predictions or eerily warn of an impending reality. We’ve seen numerous examples of these contemplative films throughout the very existence … Continue reading

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty- This Admirably Creative Attempt from Ben Stiller Results in Overstated Metaphor and Shallow Misunderstanding

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, and live the life you have imagined,” stated author Henry David Thoreau expressing a naturalist sentiment that bemoans the vicarious escapism of pure imagination and pleads with us to discover life through direct experience. This is the central theme that surrounds the emotionless title protagonist in the … Continue reading

Moview Review: Lone Survivor- An Authentically Brutal and Nonpartisan Portrayal of the Wartime Experience Told Through Peter Berg’s Respectful Direction and Honest Screenplay

An undeniable aspect of war, whether or not you make rationalizations on its regrettable purpose or demonize its existence entirely, is that it’s an utter hell that tries the mentality and physicality of the courageous men and women who fight in the conflict. Most war films have captured the hellish and nonsensical brutality of war … Continue reading

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