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Porcelain Unicorn (short film) breaks your heart

18 May

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Writer/director Keegan Wilcox wins the hearts and appreciation of audiences with his three minute short film about a young Hitler youth faced with a life and death decision when he finds a young Jewish girl hiding inside the walls of an abandoned house. The subject material has been explored on many levels, but Wilcox finds a way to explore the options and introduce a long-lasting gift of kindness that can shape a young person’s life. Porcelain Unicorn is unique because the script was limited to six lines as required by the Philips Parallel Lines ‘Tell It Your Way’ international competition in 2010. Even though, there were restrictions, the film tells a complete story that has an impact across generations.

WORD COUNT: 118

Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: N/A

Winners of the 2012 Emerson Awards!!!

11 Feb

Winners of the 2012 Emerson Awards!!!

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WINNER of Best Picture: MOONRISE KINGDOM

WINNER of Biggest Surprise Film: THE RAID

WINNER of Most Overrated Film: PROMETHEUS

SAVAGES

WINNER of Worst Film: SAVAGES

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WINNER of Most Disappointing Film: THE BOURNE LEGACY

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WINNER of Best Actor: JOAQUIN PHOENIX (THE MASTER)

WINNER of Best Actress: JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Silver Linings Playbook)

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WINNER of Best Supporting Actor: LEONARDO DICAPRIO (Django Unchained)

WINNER of Best Supporting Actress: HELEN HUNT (The Sessions)

WINNER of Best Director: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (The Master)

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WINNER of Best Original Screenplay: RIAN JOHNSON (Looper)

WINNER of Best Adapted Screenplay: DAVID MAGEE (Life of Pi)

WINNER of Best Animated Feature: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

WINNER of Best Cinematography: RON FRICKE (Samsara)

WINNER of Best Costume Design: KASIA WALICKA-MALMONE (Moonrise Kingdom)

WINNER of Best Documentary: MARLEY

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WINNER of Best International Picture Nominations: AMOUR (Austria)

Beasts of the Southern Wild affects all five senses

12 Jan

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At the beginning of the film, I found myself floating adrift with no idea where I was or why I was there. My conscience did not want to believe this beautiful and resourceful girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) was living in the Louisiana Bayou under such poverty-stricken conditions. The Beasts of the Southern Wild is easily the most thought provoking film of the year. At its core, it is about love and loss, but there are many layers to this story that an audience member can peel back and talk about forever. Director Benh Zeitlin does a masterful job creating this alternative world with an inexperienced cast and a set of creatures that divert audiences from brooding to long on the impending tragic sequence of events. Wallis performs beyond her years, while first time actor, Dwight Henry electrifies the screen as Hushpuppy’s unpredictable and unhealthy father. Beasts of the Southern Wild is an original film that affects all five senses.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B+

Adam’s Grade: N/A

Nominations for Fast Forward Film Review’s Emerson Film Awards

6 Jan

Fast Forward Film Review is announcing its first annual, Emerson Film Awards.

Today’s post is a list of Chuck and Adam’s nominations for the Emerson Film Awards. There are three to five nominations per selection for each category. Our list has nothing to do with the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Gotham, Independent Spirit Awards, etc…selections.  The Emerson Awards are simply the films we think should win these coveted categories. Winners will be announced on February 17th, 2013.

Best Picture Nominations:  KILLER JOE,   MOONRISE KINGDOM,   ARGO,   SKYFALL, LIFE OF PI

Biggest Surprise Film Nominations: DREDD,   HAYWIRE,   THE RAID,   21 JUMP STREET,   WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

Most Overrated Film Nominations: PROMETHEUS,   JACK REACHER,   THE HUNGER GAMES,   THE AVENGERS

Worst Film Nominations: SAVAGES,   CLOUD ATLAS,   THAT’S MY BOY,   CHERNOBYL DIARIES,

Most Disappointing Film Nominations: THE BOURNE LEGACY,   THE HOBBIT,   THIS IS FORTY,   THE DICTATOR

Best Actor Nominations:  BRAD PITT (Killing them Softly),   MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (Killer  Joe),   JOAQUIN PHOENIX (THE MASTER),   JACK BLACK (BERNIE)

Best Actress Nominations: HELEN MIRREN (Hitchcock), KEIRA KNIGHTLEY (Anna Karenina), MARION COTILLARD (Rust and Bone), JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Supporting Actor Nominations: DWIGHT HENRY (Beast of the Southern Wild), PHILLIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (The Master), LEONARDO DICAPRIO (Django Unchained), JAVIER BARDEM (Skyfall)

Best Supporting Actress Nominations: ANNE HATHAWAY (Les Miserables),   JUDI DENCH (SKYFALL),  HELEN HUNT (The Sessions),  MAGGIE SMITH (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)

Best Director Nominations: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (The Master), BEN AFFLECK (Argo), WES ANDERSON (Moonrise Kingdom), ANG LEE (Life of Pi)

Best Original Screenplay Nominations: PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON (The Master),WES ANDERSON & ROMAN COPPOLA (Moonrise Kingdom), RIAN JOHNSON (Looper)

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominations: DAVID MAGEE (Life of Pi), RICHARD LINKLATER (Bernie), JOHN LOGAN (Coriolanus), PATRICK MARBER, NEAL PURVIS, ROBERT WADE (Skyfall)

Best Animated Feature Nominations:  BRAVE,   FRANKENWEENIE,  HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

Best Cinematography Nominations: MIHAI MALAIMARE (The Master), RODRIGO PRIETO (Argo), BEN RICHARDSON (Beasts of the Southern Wild), RON FRICKE (Samsara)

Best Costume Design Nominations: KASIA WALICKA-MALMONE (Moonrise Kingdom), JACQUELINE DURRAN (Anna Karenina), MARK BRIDGES (The Master), SHAREN DAVIS (Django Unchained), COLLEEN ATWOOD (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Best Documentary Nominations: MARLEY, BULLY, WEST OF MEMPHIS, THE IMPOSTER

Best International Picture Nominations: WAR WITCH (Canada), CAUGHT IN THE WEB (China), THE INTOUCHABLES (France), NO (Chile), AMOUR (Austria)