Posted by: ckckred | April 16, 2014

Movie Bloggers Roundtable

Originally posted on Keith & the Movies:

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The Movie Bloggers Roundtable is a new feature where I join up with four esteemed movie bloggers and we share our thoughts on a certain subject. Everyone on the panel will share their thoughts and feelings on the topic of the day and then we share them with you. The panel may change from post to post and hopefully we will get a wide range of opinions and perspectives.

Today’s roundtable discussion is a simple one but also one that I find very intriguing. Both Wes Anderson and Paul Thomas Anderson have movies due out in 2014. Both have received praise for their very unique styles of storytelling. So today we are going to focus on these two top-tier filmmakers. Joining this roundtable is Charles from Cinematic Film Blog, Caitlin from Heart of Cinema, Josh from J.James Reviews, and Nostra from MyFilmviews. Now I can easily…

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Posted by: ckckred | April 13, 2014

What Is Your Favorite Mad Men episode?

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Tonight Mad Men returns for the first half of its final season.  Matt Weiner’s series put AMC in the market for making serious and intelligent TV series and revolutionized the format of cable dramas.  So for today’s question, I thought I’d ask what’s your favorite episode of Mad Men?

There are plenty of great episodes but I think the season 4 episode “The Suitcase,” which focuses on the relationship between Don and Peggy, is the best.  A few of my other favorites include “Shut the Door.  Have a Seat,” “Nixon vs. Kennedy,” and “Tommorowland.”  But what about you?

Posted by: ckckred | April 11, 2014

Justified Season 5

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The final episode of Justified’s season 5, “Restitution,” didn’t feel like a conclusion for the show’s year.  Sure it included traits that all season finales include: a showdown with the yearly villain (Daryl Crowe), tying up some of the story lines, and a good indication at what season 6, the show’s last, will bring.  But “Restitution” didn’t seem to be much of a climax with little tension leading up to the episode.  That isn’t much of the episode’s fault as season 5 itself, which has been a bit lacking for Justified fans.

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Posted by: ckckred | April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert to Take David Letterman’s Place

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The rumors are true: Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report will take David Letterman’s place on The Late Show, who will come to CBS sometime during 2015 after Letterman departs television and Colbert’s previous contract expires.

As an enormous fan of The Colbert Report, I’m a bit taken back.  For almost ten years Stephen Colbert has done an excellent job skewering political figures in his faux-Bill O’Reilly/Sean Hannity character.  That political edge as well as Colbert’s eponymous character unfortunately isn’t going to move to the broader and more general appeal of CBS, which can’t grant the comedian the same freedom.  I’d love for Colbert to stay on Comedy Central and continue to satirize the messy state of politics (think of what he’ll do during the 2016 Presidential Election).  Still, I have no doubt Colbert will do well on CBS.  He’s proven multiple times before that he’s excellent at providing clever and witty commentary on society and pop-culture and he isn’t likely to try to be generic.  Whatever happens, I wish Colbert the best of luck.

Posted by: ckckred | April 6, 2014

Do You Prefer Seeing Movies At Home or the Theater?

With the rise of Video-on-Demand and indies being released online, home viewing for new releases has grown excessively.  While none of the big budget studios are willing to release their films on VOD, many indies that wouldn’t receive a wide release can find a good audience on the format.  So this brings me to my question: do you prefer home-viewing or theater-going?

While there’s plenty of reasons to enjoy seeing a film at home, I much prefer going to the theater.  Sure, I’ve complained plenty of times before about the modern day cinemas today, from the overpriced tickets, obnoxious audiences, and excessive sound, but there’s nothing like watching a movie on the big screen.  It’s a feeling that can’t be matched.

But what about yourself?

Posted by: ckckred | April 4, 2014

Noah

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Darren Aronofsky making an action movie is like if Michael Haneke did a children’s movie. Associating the director of Black Swan and The Wrestler with blockbuster material feels misplaced, not to mention that Noah, the filmmaker’s latest project, is also a biblical epic based on “Genesis.” For months we’ve been hearing about the notorious production and the fights between Aronofsky and Paramount executives. The troubling filming is certainly reflected on screen as two visions are presented: a modern-day action picture and an Aronosky movie. There two visions never mesh together and Noah results in a mess, but it’s an interesting mess, one that’s certainly braver and more ambitious than many studio tent-poles.

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Posted by: ckckred | April 1, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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There is no director today as distinctive as Wes Anderson and I doubt there will be another film in 2014 that is as distinctive as The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes’ eagerly awaited follow-up to Moonrise Kingdom is perhaps the most Andersonian movie the director has made.  Part screwball comedy and part murder mystery (a throwback to Anderson’s small-time crime comedy Bottle Rocket), The Grand Budapest Hotel combines every Anderson trait, a large ensemble cast stretching from Harvey Keitel to Léa Seydoux, a color palette full of bright reds and oranges, and doll-house sets and art direction.  It’s absurdly funny and incredibly complex, making it the biggest and most ambitious movie Anderson has done to date.  No one can exactly do what Wes Anderson does and The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the filmmaker’s best pieces.

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Posted by: ckckred | March 30, 2014

Should Movie Theaters Turn Their Sound Down?

Yesterday I saw Darren Aronosky’s Noah and during the trailers (which included the upcoming Interstellar and Transcendence) I had an enormous earache due to the consistent booming of explosions or the soundtrack that continued throughout the entire picture.  That may well be because I sat in an IMAX theater but it’s hard not to discount in recent years Hollywood has made movies crank up their sound so much so it feels like a legal requirement for many studio films to have a score with such high levels.  Do you think sound today in movies is too loud or do you think it’s necessary?

Posted by: ckckred | March 29, 2014

The Rise of Internet TV

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Earlier this week, Community creator Dan Harmon spoke at the PaleyFest about the show’s fifth season along with the cast and a few producers.  When asked about the prospects of a sixth season in case NBC decided not to renew the cult sitcom (though chances are likely that Community will return next year due to the network’s lack of established comedies), Harmon replied that Community would search for another home, which could include streaming sites such as Netflix or Hulu.  “No one is better than Sony when it comes to recognizing property,” Harmon said. “If they have something that’s worth anything, that has an opportunity to recoup and profit, it’s Sony.”

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Posted by: ckckred | March 23, 2014

What Do You Think Of Wes Anderson?

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Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is now receiving a wider release across the country and overall reviews have been ecstatic.  So for this week’s question, I thought I’d ask what do you think of Wes Anderson?

Anderson is a pretty decisive director.  People either love or hate his work with very little middle ground.  Personally, I’m a big fan of his and love the quirky charm of his movies, from Rushmore to Moonrise Kingdom.  I also have to praise him for his completely original style of direction, a fresh breath of air in the modern day comedy market.  But what about yourself?

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