All posts by Alex Brannan

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

Wonderful Surprises from the 2015 AACTA Awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ 4th annual best-of-the-year award ceremony wrapped up on Jan. 29, 2015. It nearly slipped right past my radar. I’m so wrapped up in my narrow-minded American patriotism to recognize when an international film award ceremony takes place. I should be ashamed of myself. But I digress.

Reading the recap of winners and losers from the AACTA event, I noticed a few great things Continue reading Wonderful Surprises from the 2015 AACTA Awards

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013) Movie Review

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 is an HBO documentary short subject that follows suicide hotline responders as they deal with consoling suicidal veterans and talking them down from the brink. Continue reading Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (2013) Movie Review

Citizenfour (2014) Movie Review

Laura Poitras’ documentary film attempts to give an inside look at the Edward Snowden NSA surveillance scandal of 2013 by showing an exclusive interview with Snowden himself during the days in which his stories broke and giving Continue reading Citizenfour (2014) Movie Review