Monthly Archives: August 2013

“To err is human, so err…” – The Winners of the 2013 Summer Movie Season

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Labor Day weekend is upon us and thus the summer movie season officially comes to a close not with a bang, but with a One Direction concert movie. Not being one to judge entities solely by their endings, here I will discuss the summer of 2013 and the wide array of films that came along with it. So, what films and actors won the summer? Below I’ve declared my personal winners, from those who delivered unbelievable performances to those films that fulfilled this summer’s fun quota in insanely entertaining style.

Cate Blanchett

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It’s become a rarity in Hollywood nowadays for many Oscar-contenders to be born out of the Summer movie season, but every now and then one squeaks through nonetheless. Cate Blanchett’s latest performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is one of such incredible depth and strength that I find it hard to imagine there will be a lead female performance able to match it for the rest of the year. She makes Jasmine the kind of sociopathic socialite that is not only hard to like but hard to completely understand, which is what makes her such a compelling protagonist. Blanchett gives Jasmine a heart, just one that continually reveals her truly selfish intentions. She wants to live the life of a well-off New Yorker but is forced to muddle along with her sister in San Francisco amongst her greasy, working-class sexual conquests. This drives Jasmine crazy, crazy enough to keep her talking to herself and alienating all the people who actually want to care for her. Blanchett has long been admired as one of her generation’s greatest actresses, and this performance may just be the one to top them all.

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The Mortal Instruments (Film Adaptation): A Quick Review

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Hmm… I was entertained. The visuals were cool and completely coincided with what my mind had already came up with as a reader.

Umm… The acting? Well, they all looked good. And Jamie Campbell Bower did not disappoint — I totally bought that he was Jace Wayland. I also thought the adult cast was well done. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a little over the top, but an otherwise good villain.

I mean, overall, I liked it. I’m not going to lie, there were definitely some cheesy/flat-out-awkward moments. One in particular comes to mind, and if you see this film, you’ll know the exact one I’m talking about.

Will I pay to see this movie again? No.

Will I watch it while doing menial house chores, once it finds its way to ABC Family? Yes.

Will I pay to see the next one on the big screen? Yeah… Probably… I mean, I’m going to.

-Hillari

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The List: Andrew’s Most Anticipated Films of Awards Season

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It’s that time of the year. The time when summer blockbusters fade into the distance, when some of the biggest festivals in the world gear up for their wide array of film premieres and of course, when I become nearly crippled by my intense cinephile excitement. The awards season is upon us!

The Academy Awards may still be six months away but September is that time of the year when it all begins again. Nearly every week brings with it the premiere of an under-the-radar critically acclaimed indie or an Oscar contender that wanted to get a jump on the competition. Thus begins my weekly drives up to Boston due to my inability to wait for the films to come to me.

This year however, is even more special for me. For the first time in my life, I will make the journey up to Canada to experience the Toronto International Film Festival. I will have the chance to view some of my most anticipated films of the season months ahead of time and it’s safe to say that I can’t wait for these next two weeks to fly by.

With all this being said, I’ve decided to compile a list of my most anticipated films of the coming awards season.  This year brings films from some of my absolute favorite filmmakers and here’s hoping they are not overlooked (as they often are) by the Academy come early next year.

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Fallon’s Favorite Finds… on Noisetrade

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Thank God for Noisetrade! I’m always looking for new music (really, it’s a sickness). So, you may imagine when I found this site last year that the heavens opened, a beam of light shone down, and a chorus’ “Ahhh” followed thereafter. I mentioned a few months ago that I found one of my favorite bands, Hey Ocean!, through them (read about it here). I’m happy to say that I’ve found a bunch of other bands to put in my iPod since. That said, here are few more of my favorite finds on Noisetrade. Happy listening!

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Free download: http://noisetrade.com/thecivilwars/live-at-eddies-attic

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The List: Television’s Best Dramas

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This past Sunday night marked the triumphant return of Breaking Bad, AMC’s critically-acclaimed drama that will come to a close next month after this most recent string of eight episodes. It’s not only one of the best shows currently on the air, it will go down as one of television’s all-time greats. It’s one of the best examples of high-quality serialized storytelling and is definitely one of the crowning achievements of this most recent golden age in television.  With that being said, I feel it’s the perfect time to finally reveal this list of my all-time favorite television dramas. Ranking shows is always problematic and this list was easily the most difficult I’ve ever had to compile (I couldn’t even limit it to five shows). With shows like Justified and Game of Thrones still amidst their television runs I chose not to put them on this list, although as we near their conclusions they may just find themselves a spot. I feel it’s safe to say that to truly experience all television has to offer, these following shows are absolutely essential viewing. Let the controversy commence!

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The List: Summer TV – More Than Just Re-runs

During the summer months I usually abandon my TV and head to the theatre instead. Throughout May and June I had a movie date every single weekend. After the fourth, my blockbuster interest started to dwindle (as did my entertainment budget). To bust my boredom, I turned to summer TV and was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

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  1. On Sunday night, I was introduced to a circle of friends who know the ins and outs of the Beverly Hills elite. Devious Maids follows five women who clean up more than their employers’ houses.

    Camp

  1. If Camp Clements had been anything like the show Camp, I would have actually left my cabin. This show follows a newly divorced single mom, Mack, trying to run her family camp, Little Otter.  Lots of hilarious pranks and unexpected romances can be found on this NBC show.

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