All posts by Alex Brannan

Quick Update


I have been trying to roll out my predictions for ALL of the 2015 Academy Award categories. I busted through a good portion of them today (Thursday, Feb. 4, although they are dated Jan. 27). Most of the major categories are up on the website already. But I probably won’t finish all of the categories until Saturday or Sunday. When I get them all done, I will create a post that links to every category. So…if you’ve been looking at my posts and want some more help for your Oscar pool ballot, I will be doing the other categories very soon. Thanks for your patience, and, more importantly, thanks for reading.


–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)


Inherent Vice (2014) Movie Review

Inherent Vice is the latest from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon’s work is often characterized by its density and difficulty. As such, some said Vice could not be successfully adapted for the screen.

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Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (2013) Movie Review

Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? is a film by Michel Gondry (writer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) in which he interviews famed linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky. During the interview, hand drawn animations created by Gondry depict Chomsky’s answers. Every so often, a small frame, inset in the animation, will show Chomsky as he is speaking. Their conversation delves into various alleyways, namely his philosophy on language and how we understand the concepts of the world through words and symbols.

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February 2015 Movie Releases: What to Look For


January is over, which means the new year of film can finally begin to ramp up. The first month of the year is historically a bad time for new releases. The box office is usually dominated by carry-over from the holiday season, leaving January releases as duds the majority of the time. January 2015 was a surprising change of pace with American Sniper’s dominance at the box office (although its release was technically in December). But beyond Clint Eastwood’s war piece, there wasn’t much to be said about January. Now that it’s behind us, we can look ahead to the month in movies.

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Super Bowl Movie Trailer Advertising Spots: Thoughts and Reactions

The Super Bowl is always a huge date for advertising campaigns. The movie trailer business is no exception. Plenty of major Spring and Summer releases put out 30 second or one minute spots this year. These are my reactions to some of the big movie trailers of the night.


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The Spoils of Babylon (2014) Miniseries Review

The Spoils of Babylon is an epic miniseries crafted by genius multi-hyphenate Eric Jonrosh. It tells the profound story of Devon Morehouse (Tobey Maguire) as he stumbles through the trials of war, corrupt big business, drug use, and love.

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The Rover (2014) Movie Review

The Rover is a film from Australian director David Michod (Animal Kingdom, writer: Hesher). Ten years after a worldwide collapse of civilization, the Australian outback is a dystopian landscape dominated by crime and poverty. Following a botched robbery, three thieves (Scoot McNairy, David Field, and Tawanda Manyimo) crash their car Continue reading The Rover (2014) Movie Review