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Review: O.J. – Made In America

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Directed by: Ezra Edelman

Summary: O.J.: Made in America is a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson and how his controversial legacy is so deeply intertwined with race relations in Los Angeles and around the country.

I was four years old when Nicole Brown Simpson was found murdered in her Brentwood home. So, for most of my life O.J. Simpson has been the punchline to a joke. (more…)

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Review: The Act of Killing

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Note: Spoilers? There are some fairly specific plot details below; that being said, I don’t think knowledge of any of this would spoil your viewing of this film.

The Act of Killing was getting a lot of buzz this time last year after getting snubbed before the Best Documentary Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards. However, I never got around to watching it. Tonight, with the itch to watch a documentary I decided to finally watch what I knew would be a somewhat nauseating film…I SEVERELY underestimated this film. Joshua Oppenheimer landed on a gold mine with this content and the unbelievable access that he had to it, but he strung together this disturbing narrative with masterful filmmaking.  (more…)

Oscar Predictions: Part 2

This is the second installment of my Oscar predictions; this round has some of the hardest categories to predict including: Best Animated Short, Animated Feature, Documentary, Documentary Short, Live Action Short, and Visual Effects.

You can read my first round of Oscar picks here.

<> on October 19, 2009 in Santa Clarita, California.

Best Short Film (Animated)
The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life
disney-feast-bowlWill Win: Feast
Could WinThe Bigger Picture
Should Win: A Single Life
I don’t pretend to know a lot about animation, but I really, really enjoyed A Single Life. It was quick and funny and witty and original. Feast is the favored nominee, and with good reason; it is adorable, but A Single Life was the most memorable short out of the batch. You can also make a strong case for The Bigger Picture; even though it is pretty bleak it has a great animation style and the way that the scenes bleed into one another is beautiful. (more…)