Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Grey Movie Review

[The Grey
Written & Directed by Joe Carnahan
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, and Dallas Roberts
MPAA: R - For Violence/Disturbing Content Including Bloody Images, And Pervasive Language]


Friday, January 27, 2012

We Need To Talk About Kevin Movie Review

[We Need To Talk About Kevin
Written & Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller
MPAA: R - For Disturbing Violence & Behavior, Some Sexuality, And Language]


I am not a member of the female sex, nor am I a parent; but if I was a mother, then Lynne Ramsay's We Need To Talk About Kevin would've been something like my worst nightmares being manifested in front of my eyes in minute detail.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The 2012 Academy Awards Predictions - Round 2

Last week, I discussed my predictions for the Academy Awards for what would be nominated, what would be snubbed, and what could possibly win. Now, however, the nominations are finally out, the movie-geek community is running rampant with equal parts applause, surprise, and backlash, & all the world is waiting to see which film will win the most prestigious award in the movie industry: A golden, naked man holding a bunch of leaves for some reason.

Probably shouldn't waste any more time on an introduction since I already did so in Round 1 of the predictions list, so let's just get this out of the way...

With the nominations finally out, it's time to hear my thoughts on what will probably win, what I think should win, the big surprises that no one saw coming, and more of the delicious, delicious snubs. Put on your monocles, grab your most expensive bottle of chardonnay, and raise your brows & pinkie fingers as high as humanly possible: This is round 2 of my 2012 Academy Awards Predictions extravaganza.


Friday, January 20, 2012

The 2012 Academy Awards Predictions - Round 1

Make fun of awards shows all you want, but without them, challenging works of art in the cinema landscape wouldn't nearly get the amount of mainstream recognition they would've gotten without a powerhouse award circuit like the Academy Awards. Think about it, in a day and age where Hollywood seems to only favor shallow fluff, the awards shows like the Oscars are the only ones who encourage challenging films that showcase emotion and artistry over a point, at the very least, but that's another topic entirely. I mean, say what you will about the Academy, but only an awards show can single-handedly get millions of movie-goers lined up to see a contemporary silent film with The Artist just for the Oscar-hype alone. There are plenty of things about the Oscars to pick on, but that is something to be appreciated.

Still though, there seems to be a certain formula to the Academy in their nominations, to the point that it's gotten easy to predict what they'd pick and what they'd whole-heartedly avoid. Sure there'd be some surprises here and there, like last year's inclusion of Dogtooth in the Foreign Language Film list. But for the most part, it seems like there is always some sort of definite pick for biggest piece of "Oscar-bait" of the year.

So what should you expect from this year's Oscars? Well, there are some obvious things to cover, as well as some personal predictions from myself. Rather than going category by category (which we'll save for round 2, when the nominations are finally released), I'm just going to pick whatever random ones I think are worth mentioning, including snubs. Okay? Alright, so where to begin...


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

CinEffect Podcast Episode #14

Episode #14: Top 10 Films of 2011

Welcome to the CinEffect Podcast. In this podcast of constant douchebaggery, me (Chris), Alex, and Brady discuss film, video games, and everything in between. This week, Chris & Alex countdown their top 10 films of 2011.


Monday, January 9, 2012

AfterEffects Bonus Episode

AfterEffects Bonus Episode: Our Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

Chris & Alex take some time on the side to discuss their top 10 most anticipated films of 2012. You can also read their lists, here and here.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

CinEffect Podcast Episode #13

Episode #13: Super, War Horse, The Artist, Carnage, and Certified Copy

Welcome to the CinEffect Podcast. In this podcast of constant douchebaggery, me (Chris), Alex, and Brady discuss film, games, and everything in between. This week, Chris & Alex go through a smorgasboard of films including War Horse, Carnage, Tabloid, Certified Copy, The Artist, and conclude with an in-depth spoiler review of Super.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Chris' Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

As is yearly tradition, January offers almost nothing of any significant note in the theatrical release landscape. And as such, all we movie-buffs are left to do is wait in masturbatory fury for the next big movies to pop out of the moist, quivery, studio-executive-sponsored womb. And that's exactly what I'm doing in this article; minus the moist, quivery wombs. Enjoy this little look at my 10 most anticipated films of 2012, and I swear if you tell me that a Roland Emmerich film should've been on here, I'll sue you simply for not being funny or clever at all.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Alex's Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012

2012 is definitely going to be a crazy and exciting year for film when I had to couldn’t even find room to put the next Coen bros. film, the next original Pixar flick, the next huge blockbuster of the summer, The Dark Knight Rises, or even Steven’s Spielberg’s new Lincoln bio-pic on my list. We all have a lot of movies ahead of us this year so pick wisely or just see them all like me! Here is my Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2012.