The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Posthumously exonerating Alan Turing may not be enough to remind the world of the mathematician’s role in computing, World War II, and gay history. The Imitation Game certainly will put the genius into the common conscious and not just outside tech history lore. Thankfully, the film does not rely on an Oscar-bait polish to tell a compelling story that revisits a time when the Axis powers seemed utterly unstoppable.

>87th Academy Awards Predictions

This year, I haven’t been as focused on writing for the site as I used to be, I still found sometime to whip up some predictions based on some data I’ve collected over the past year. Last year, I had a 91% success rate, which impressive. I felt it was an easy year for predictions, and this year seems roughly the same.

Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon

Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon

Nothing is more inspiring than a low-budget independent film with a fresh plot and an ensemble cast of character actors rising above the typical gunk, particularly the gunk often submitted to this site. Films like Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon tend to live and die at film festivals, but the ensemble cast and clever mystery deserves a longer life-span, even if it becomes an unexpected gem on Netflix.

American Sniper

American Sniper

The perils of being a sniper in America’s 21st century wars is shown in the opening scene of American Sniper, where Chris Kyle has a mother and her son in his scope. It’s a taste of the oppositional warfare has become increasingly reliant on guerrilla tactics since Vietnam; ironically, the same tactics that helped America define itself in the 18th century. Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper chronicles Chris Kyle’s decorated career as American’s most deadly sniper while side-stepping political sentiments for a character study.

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Hippies will take offense to Inherent Vice, a dramatic farce set in the 1970s, where the boomer counter-culture is constantly in the cross hairs of the establishment. However, the “establishment” is seemingly undefinable as this expansive neo-noir with a sense of humor explores a chaotic series of events through the purple hazed eyes of the burned-out private detective, Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix).

Rosewater

Rosewater

No one ever expected a segment from The Daily Show to be used as evidence to detain anyone, anywhere. The satirical news show often poked fun of serious news events or the media’s inflation of said events to solely increase viewership or drum up political bias. In Rosewater, Jon Stewart depicts Maziar Bahari’s plight as he is detained for almost four months during the Green Revolution, as adapted from Bahari’s own memoir Then They Came for Me.

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is an ambitious cinematic event that uses the whole of postmodernism to take digs at Hollywood, Broadway, and even itself. Michael Keaton embraces the elephant in the room as he plays an actor struggling to remain relevant in an industry that celebrates celebrity humiliation as entertainment, fueled by a twenty-four/seven internet of things.

Interstellar

Interstellar

Interstellar is the latest conceptual tour-de-force from Christopher Nolan, in which he traverses the scientific mysteries of deep space, while grounding his story in themes of love, family, and human perseverance. Although Nolan borrows from the likes of Kubrick, Tarkovsky, Ridley Scott, and others, Interstellar feels original and daring in its own right, as perhaps the first major feature film to reliably tackle 21st Century theories of astrophysics.

>Woes Be Gone

 Last Sunday, October 25th, I caught a quick clip of A Prairie Home Companion on my way home from a bike ride. It turns out that the episode was a rebroadcast from 2011. What caught my ear was a story about a young man who had found himself at stagnant in his post-collegiate life. 

>Saving Cinema: GIFF 2015 at Channelside Cinemas

The Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) found itself left hanging a few months ago when it was unable to secure the Hyde Park Cinebistro or the CentroYbor theatres for the 2015 film festival. Those venues had been two killer locations for the festival for the past several years. Centro Ybor had historic Ybor City while CineBistro featured a relaxed and upscale atmosphere with food delivered directly to your over-stuffed sofa chairs.

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