Posted by: ckckred | March 19, 2016

The 10 Best Movies of 2015

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2015 was a climatic year for cinema, beginning with the attack in Paris and concluding with the “Oscars So White” protest, bringing into perspective the usages of free speech and diversity in contemporary film. Below are ten movies that I feel best represent 2015, taking upon themes of violence and tragedy and yet also hope and optimism about the potential future. All of these pictures I highly recommend seeing, with some worthy of repeated viewings and others will linger on your mind for quite some time.
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Posted by: ckckred | February 17, 2016

Film Analysis: Benjamin Braddock’s Lost World

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Welcome to a new segment of Cinematic, “Film Analysis,” where I briefly discuss certain elements of movies.  To inaugurate this bit, I’ll be looking at Dustin Hoffman’s lead character in Mike Nichols’ The Graduate.

After returning home from graduating college, Benjamin Braddock doesn’t know what to do, lying around his home and drifting in his pool as his parents and their friends pester him about his future plans. The Graduate is completely reflective of Benjamin’s unease: the world around him is confusing and hectic, with multiple talking faces whose voices pass through Ben’s and the audiences’ heads.

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Posted by: ckckred | January 13, 2016

The Best TV Shows of 2015

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2015 was undeniably a rough year for pretty much everyone, but the past twelve months have been great for television.  We’ve had two veterans run off victoriously in the sunset, a new show enter into the realm of greatness, and several series that exploded in their sophomore years.  And to cap that off, the future looks even better, as we’ll be greeted by the revivals of The X-Files and Twin Peaks.  So now I’ll present to you my ten favorite TV shows of 2015.

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Posted by: ckckred | January 11, 2016

R. I. P. David Bowie

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Saying David Bowie is a pop-culture icon is like saying the sky is blue or fire is hot, it’s something so inherent and incredibly obvious that it’s impossible to debate about.  Bowie was an eccentric powerful figure who permeated the music world in the way few have. Like the recently departed Lemmy was to metal, Bowie was an embodiment of the experimental form.

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Posted by: ckckred | January 3, 2016

The Hateful Eight

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Editor’s Note: The version reviewed is the special 70 mm roadshow cut.

Sitting in the theater waiting for Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, The Hateful Eight, to start, I happened to see a short teaser for Guns N’ Roses’ upcoming reunion tour. After watching the clip, I came to the realization that Tarantino shares much in common with Guns frontman Axl Rose. Both enjoyed success early in their careers (Tarantino with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Rose with Appetite for Destruction), were met with widespread acclaim and fandom across the globe, and have personalities that earned them a streak of notoriety.

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Posted by: ckckred | December 31, 2015

What Was The Best New Non-2015 Film You Saw This Past Year?

Today is the final day of 2015.  I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a hard year.  It began badly with the Charlie Hebdo shootings and ended even worse with the Paris terrorist attacks.  Film has always been a refuge for me to escape some of the horror the exists in the world and helped me (and I’m sure many others) cope with the events of the past twelve months.  So today I’m asking you to reflect upon what was your favorite non-2015 movie that you saw for the first time this year?

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For me, it was Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, which immediately became one of my favorite films.  It was a surprisingly heart-wrenching experience, even for a Bergman picture, and one I won’t forget any time soon.  Some of the other great new movies I saw included BlueCode Unknown, and Belle De Jour.

But what about you?

Posted by: ckckred | December 30, 2015

The 10 Best Albums of 2015

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Even though Cinematic is a movie and television blog, metal is one of my greatest interests, dominating my life and helping me through my rough patches. And given how good the last several years have been for the metal world, 2015 had a lot to live up to and fortunately it didn’t disappoint. While I’m still reeling over the loss of a personal hero of mine, this year gave some albums with such rigor and excitement. So here it is, my ten favorite albums of the past twelve months.
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Posted by: ckckred | December 28, 2015

R. I. P. Lemmy Kilmister

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Is there anybody that embodies the spirit of metal more than Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister?  Even though Lemmy has always argued that Motorhead was a rock and roll band, he was a man who lived, breathed, and simply was metal, through his astounding and revolutionary bass playing to his sex and drugs lifestyle.  Lemmy was much more than a rock star, he was was an idol and living legend for me and millions of other people across the world, bringing punk into the world of metal and giving birth to thrash and every other extreme genre.

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Posted by: ckckred | October 26, 2015

Bridge of Spies

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Since Schindler’s List, Steven Spielberg has been particularly attracted to the historical drama genre, since then producing Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, Munich, War Horse, and Lincoln. Those movies range in quality, from displaying acts of valor and nobility in a profound way (Ryan and Lincoln) to overly embracing Spielberg’s weakness of being cloying and excessively manipulative (War Horse). Yet the veteran director, who has spent over forty years exploring the core concept of heroism whether it be through Indiana Jones or Oskar Schindler, has rarely felt at ease as he does directing Bridge of Spies, which like Lincoln before it is honest without being strikingly gooey and sincere without coming across as unabashedly sentimental.

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Posted by: ckckred | September 18, 2015

About Elly

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With both A Separation and The Past under his belt, Asghar Farhadi has proven himself to be one of the most formidable directors working today, rivaling Michael Haneke in presenting realism in contemporary film. Both filmmakers excel at presenting deeply unsettling events not uncommon in our day-to-day lives, like divorce or death. But where Haneke utilizes realism to draw out horror and dread from his viewers who know how real the situations on screen are, Farhadi paces his movies like a trial, where the central characters try to untangle a mystery presented before them, receiving every perspective from all parties. Through Farhadi’s meticulous construction and intricate plotting, he has not only created some of the best films of the new decade, but presented some of the most enthralling moral cases in modern cinema history.

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