Archive for January, 2014

2014 Oscar nomination predictions

Posted in Festival/awards with tags , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by Steve Mesa

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It’s almost time as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science will announce the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards Thursday morning. With the exception for the Shorts category, I decided to fearlessly predict each and every category. While it might sound easy to do, sometimes it is just plain hard as you can never know what the Academy could go for in certain categories. Let’s cut to chase…here are my predictions for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Continue reading

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“August: Osage County” is a bittersweet Southern melodrama

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , on January 10, 2014 by Steve Mesa

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“August: Osage County,” the adaptation of playwright Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer and Tony-winning play, unfolds like a generic soap opera featuring an all-star cast instead of a compelling and original movie. Instead of evil twins, evil plots and people coming back from the dead, we get family secrets, tragic pasts and forbidden love affairs.  Continue reading

Predicting the 2014 Golden Globes

Posted in Festival/awards with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2014 by Steve Mesa
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Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • “12 Years a Slave
  • “Captain Phillips”
  • “Gravity”
  • “Rush”
  • “Philomena”

Who Will/Should Win: “12 Years a Slave”

 Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • “American Hustle”
  • “Her”
  • “Inside Llewyn Davis”
  • “Nebraska”
  • “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Who Will Win: “American Hustle”

Who Should Win: “Inside Llewyn Davis”
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The Best Movies of 2013

Posted in Best of... with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by Steve Mesa

The year 2013 has been an exciting and intriguing time in cinema. While some movies early in the year got my attention as little gems waiting to be discovered, the last two months are been fantastic. Almost every movie I saw during that period was worthy to recognized as one of the best films to come out this banner year. Every year, it is my duty to put together a list that recognizes the outstanding work of filmmakers whether it is a big-budget blockbuster adventure or a small independent film that is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by others. This year also saw the return of some Oscar-winning directors who are proving that like fine wine, they are getting better with age. Continue reading