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Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1) movie review (Quick Reviews)

I can’t remember the last time I felt so differently about a movie after I watched it the second time, but such is the case with Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Best Collaborative Performance – a nuanced Oscar for a modern problem

I often find that modern problems are still approached with black and white solutions. As adults, we know that life is often gray and there are seldom two definitive choices to pick from. Since I’m big on film and the Academy Awards has been slowly driving me insane for years, I’d like to proposed the idea of an Oscar for Best Collaborative Performance to solve one of the biggest areas overlooked by the academy.

Who would be eligible:

Voice actors, motion capture actors and the people that helped bring these characters to a fully realize state on screen

Why this is important:

An entire subset of the community is ignored when there is no recognition. A visual effects award is just not cutting it, particularly when they hide such things in a separate ceremony only for nerds.

How quick do we need this?

We need this yesterday, but we can settle for the 2018 Oscars and just give Andy Serkis and his team what they deserve. Obviously, Team Serkis isn’t the only performer and effects group that’s been overlooked, but it’s certainly the most egregious example to date.

The opening scene of The Godfather is GENIUS (Quick Reviews – NEW EPISODE!)

NEW EPISODES.  NEW SET.  NEW CHANNEL. SAME JAMIE.

This episode of Quick Reviews examines the opening scene of The Godfather, which we all know is one of the best movies of all time. but I wanted to take a specific look at how it digs its claws into you so quickly.

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And I love COMMENTS!  Feel free to let me know how you feel about the video, The Godfather or anything else.   Maybe you think there’s a more important scene – man, that last scene sure is a candidate for why it’s one of the most enduring films of all time…  Stuff like that!  Here’s hoping to hear from you soon!

5 Great Opening Movie Scenes

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So many movies.  So many choices!  Once I thought of writing this post, I realized I could sit here forever, and instead, I’ve decided to go with whatever comes to mind first.  So, in no particular order and without a slight to other films, here are my 5 Favorite Opening Movie Scenes at this exact moment in time.  Read the rest of this entry

Will Reading movie trailer #4: World Premiere! June 21, 2017

The Will Reading World Premiere is rapidly approaching!  Please join us for free (yes, FREE!) ON Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM.  You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428!  (You may see a button that says “Buy Tickets” or something to that effect, but trust me – it’s FREE!)

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check out the new Will Reading movie trailer (Critics)

As the calendar continues to inch closer to the World Premiere of Will Reading (COUGH, June 21st, get your FREE TICKETS HERE, COUGH), here’s the third trailer.  This one features critic’s comments on the movie.  That’s fun, right?  Like a TV spot for a real movie!

World Movie Premiere for Will Reading

The WORLD PREMIERE for my new movie Will Reading will be on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Ciccone Theatre in Paramus, NJ at 7:30 PM.  You can get your FREE TICKETS by clicking here or calling the box office at 201-447-7428!  (You may see a button that says “Buy Tickets,” but trust me – it’s FREE!) Read the rest of this entry

QUICK REVIEWS: The Departed (episode 22)

QUICK REVIEWS is back in action!  This time, I’m taking a look at The Departed, another action crime drama from Martin Scorsese.  Man, nobody does mob movies like Scorsese. The screenplay is by William Monahan (this is probably his most famous movie) and starring… well, everybody. The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson and Alec Baldwin.  You think they got enough stars?  I bet a lot (half?) of that $90 million dollar budget went to salaries!  It’s not Scorsese’s best movie, but I’m a fan of The Departed.

That’s a good question.  What is Scorsese’s best movie?  Goodfellas?

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An Abbreviated Look at the 2017 Oscar Nominees

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Ah, the Oscars.  It’s the proverbial mixed bag that I’ve finally figured out how to approach in the way that works best for me.  It’s great that people pay attention to film and maybe some movies that otherwise wouldn’t get attention do (thank the lord they nominated Avatar in 2010), but I am not sitting through another three and a half hour snooze fest.  Look how bored James Franco was, AND HE WAS HOSTING!  AND THIS IS JUST THE FIRST FOUR MINUTES!

So I would say to use the nominees as a watch list rather than worrying about who wins, because you never know – you could wind up sitting there for 200 minutes and they give Best Picture to Return of the King instead of Mystic River. Anyway, the 89th Academy Awards is nearly upon us and while I didn’t get to see everything, here’s my take on what I did see.

Best Picture
Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut
Uhm… this is a difficult movie to talk about.  It’s cliche, it’s kind of three movies in one, the tone kind of waves around… but I still found it really compelling.  Depending on how you feel about Mel Gibson, you may not want to give this movie your money, but all things being equal, I’d say it’s worth seeing.

Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn
I think this is the most well rounded movie on the list:  acting, directing, editing, cinematography, etc… very impressive.  I find this to be the best movie on this list.

Lion – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder
This movie has some pacing problems, and I think some of it is intentional, but there’s also some editing issues in the sense that they left stuff in they didn’t need, there’s a seriously underdeveloped character in there… but man, that kid is MAGIC.  There’s a lot of compelling stuff in here – I managed not to cry in the theater.

Moonlight – Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner
I think everybody should see this flick as there’s a lot of life experience in here that may be beyond a lot of people’s experience.  Great acting, but I think this movie suffers a little from its desire to be stylistic… it’s a great movie, but there are definitely things could be trimmed and choices they made that are a bit pretentious for my taste.

Best Director
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
This movie looks like it was a monster to direct, and whatever my issues are with Gibson or the movie in general, I can’t deny that he’s doing good work here.

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
I think Jenkins might have gotten carried away here and there, but his directing voice is strong and this movie is great.

David Mackenzie wasn’t nominated for Hell or High Water, so I’ll go with Jenkins here.  Gibson did a fine job, but he’s only turning up the volume rather than reinventing the wheel.

Best Actor
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge as Desmond T. Doss
I really like Garfield and this is his finest performance.

Best Actress
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins as Florence Foster Jenkins
I’d say she’s a victim of her own success this time – she’s great, the control she shows as a singer here is amazing and I haven’t see the other actresses in those flicks, but she doesn’t need to win for this one.

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight as Juan
Ali turns in a great performance, but his role is small and probably not award worthy.

Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water as Marcus Hamilton
Hey look, it’s Rooster Cogburn!  Again, great performance, but I’d pass.

Dev Patel – Lion as Saroo Brierley
THey should have nominated Patel’s counterpart, Sunny Pawar – he was amazing.  Pawar is my pick.  FU, Academy!

Best Supporting Actress
Naomie Harris – Moonlight as Paula
She was great.

Nicole Kidman – Lion as Sue Brierley
Also great.

This is a tough one.  I refuse to pick.  I reminded of a scene from In and Out where Matt Dillon says that performers are artists and they shouldn’t have to compete like dogs.

“Then why are you here?”

“In case I win!”

I couldn’t find that scene, so enjoy this clip instead:

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
I really appreciated the writing here, especially the ending.

The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou
“A lobster is an excellent choice.” I think I have to pick this one – there’s some great, totally unexpected stuff happening here.  This movie deserves more attention than it got.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lion – Luke Davies from A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose
This movie has some pacing problems and I don’t know who to blame – but the first hour is so good, who cares?

Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney from In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney
I think the screenplay pushed this movie in the right direction. I guess I’d pick Moonlight over Lion, but I’m splitting hairs.

Best Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings – Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Clark Spencer

This is tough, I loved both of these movies and they’re SO different.  I’d say share it.

Best Original Score
Lion – Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell

The score from both of these movies made no impression on me, so I guess I don’t have a pick.

Best Sound Editing
Hacksaw Ridge – Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
These guys had a ton to do for that last hour or so and they did a great job.

Best Sound Mixing
Hacksaw Ridge – Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, and Peter Grace
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson

I’m going Hacksaw Ridge again – Rogue one is fine, but I don’t think it’s on the Hacksaw Ridge level.

Best Production Design
Hail, Caesar! – Jess Gonchor and Nancy Haigh
Man, this movie was disappointing.  Not bad, I was just expecting more.  Good production design, though.

Best Cinematography
Lion – Greig Fraser
Moonlight – James Laxton
I’ve got to go Lion on this one – I felt like the cinematography got in Moonlight’s way at times.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond – Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Suicide Squad – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson

Star Trek.  No question.

Best Costume Design
Florence Foster Jenkins – Consolata Boyle

Sure.

Best Film Editing
Hacksaw Ridge – John Gilbert
Hell or High Water – Jake Roberts
Moonlight – Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Hell or High Water – no question.  One of the tightest movies I’ve seen in a long time.

Best Visual Effects
Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, and Paul Corbould
Kubo and the Two Strings – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, and Neil Corbould

I’ve got to go Kubo on this one.  I’m looking for something new and Doctor Strange looked a bit too much like Inception and Rogue One, while a step forward for ILM, is basically just ILM dialing it up to eleven.  The stuff they did in Kubo… wow.

Will Reading is now available at film festivals and for reviews!

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Will Reading is now available at film festivals!  Update #13 has all the details!  And you can read some review snippets here!

And by “now available at film festivals,” I mean I have submitted to several film festivals and the movie has been upgraded from ‘submitted’ to ‘in consideration.’  Progress!  If you’re interested in obtaining a copy of the movie for review or submission into your festival, please contact me here.

Here’s some pertinent info on the movie that film festivals and reviewers seem to want to know:

Running time……………………………………………………….81 min
Genre ……………………………………………………………..Comedy
Year…………………………………………………………………….2017
Language…………………………………………………………..English
Country of Origin ………………………………………..United States
Format …………………..1920×1080, 30fps, 1.78 (16×9), Sound 2.0

LINKS:
Official website: https://creativejamie.com/tag/will-reading/

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/willreadingmovie/

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5155046/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CreativeJamieDC

Hashtag: #willreadingmovie

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COFo1sfcPWw

Press kit:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19gtqE6iis8FwpHOaQskQcmllLx6Gi4RYUxnIIVx_atQ/edit?usp=sharing

Cover letter:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PqpTGEHSMIMJVxJmDPPeykvqCVKN9tEw2XaS9gJn-ZQ/edit?usp=sharing

REVIEWS:
Will Reading review by Mike Haberfelner (searchmytrash.com)
Will Reading review – The Movie Critic Next Door
Review:  Will Reading by Rebecca Cherry (Film Carnage)
Will Reading (2017) by Darren Lucas (Movie Reviews 101)
Indie Film Review “Will Reading” by Kirk Fernwood (One Film Fan)
“WILL READING”— A Fun Comedy about a Morbid Truth by Amos Lassen

INTERVIEWS:
An Interview with Jamie Insalaco, Director and Star of Will Reading
by Mike Haberfelner (searchmytrash.com)

The Best Things From the Worst Year Ever: a 2016 Highlight List

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2016 might be the worst year ever, but it wasn’t all bad.  Here’s a list of movies, podcasts and TV shows that brightened 2016 and beyond.

2 Dope Queens
This weekly WNYC podcast is hosted by Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.  Besides their own brand of stand-up comedy, the pair brings in a slew of other comedians that creates a must listen to show.

@Dog_Rates (We Rate Dogs)
This twitter account brings together my two favorite things:  jokes and dogs.  You can’t go wrong!

The Nice Guys

Love and Friendship

Stranger Things

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Broad City

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

Better Call Saul

Bojack Horseman

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Kubo and the Two Strings

Captain America: Civil War

Serial season 2

Game of Thrones Season

Sin cast

The Road to Christmas movie review

Clark Greg and Jennifer Grey star in The Road to Christmas, a movie with the most anti Italian bias you’re ever likely to encounter on TV.  Read the rest of this entry

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