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Loveless

There are some things that Andrey Zvyagintsev is very good at, such as political commentary.  There are some things that Zvyagintsev is awful at, such as portrayals (or occasionally even the inclusion) of women in his films.  So, what happens when Zvyagintsev makes a political film with a female lead?  You end up with a disappointing monstrosity;  one that could have been a masterpiece if a good forty percent was discarded.  You end up with…

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Addio Commentary: An Award Season Rollercoaster

I don’t know what type of Oscar nominations I prefer: a list of predictable winners, or names and films that are constantly in a status shift.  Judging by all of the different winners in recent award ceremonies, it’s clear the 90th annual Oscars fall in the latter category.  But, again, I’m stumped over if I actually enjoy this much variety.

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Addio Commentary: Award Season Ambition

Award season is a long road.  It all starts out with hubbub about a film that sparked acclaim on the festival circuit, followed by increased word-of-mouth when the movie begins an “exclusive engagement” in a modest independent theatre.  The season is in full-effect when those indies start receiving showtimes in larger chains.

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Embrace of the Serpent

By the end of the month, faithful viewers of the Academy Awards will see if Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent is able to beat out the other pictures competing for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.  I can’t comment if Guerra’s film is better than the other contenders, but I think the Academy was very generous by nominating it in the first place.

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Nebraska

By: Addison Wylie I’ve been selling Nebraska to people as “a charming version of Fargo without the violence”.  That gets attention fairly quickly. Alexander Payne’s drama, however, is more quaint than quirky.  Nebraska’s prominent road trip involving a distracted father Woody (played by Bruce Dern) and his patiently courteous son David (played by Will Forte) coasts along flat landscapes.  The two converse about the past and the exciting current possibilities of million dollar winnings Woody…