The Flicksation Podcast Movie Challenge

This past week, the guys at The Flicksation Podcast ranked their top 10 favorite movies of 2016. The type of movies they watch for the most part are different than the ones I watch, with a few exceptions. This year in an attempt to try and become a more versatile movie watcher, I want to challenge […]

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Ian Nichols’ Film Brief 2016

Horror is Here to Stay. Whereas 2015 was a year for horror to experiment metaphor, narrative, and aesthetic (see: The Falling, Spring, Goodnight Mommy, It Follows, Bone Tomahawk), 2016 was a year of getting back to basics. And it did so by embracing the skeletal structure of horror stories that have worked for so long […]

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Steve Schweighofer’s Film Brief 2016

Somehow 2016 has not ended for me. The acidic taste left by the temper tantrums thrown by spoiled citizens in the world’s most privileged countries amidst the horror of reality in the rest of the world remains stuck in my craw like a stubborn popcorn kernel. A personal Thoreau-like relocation back to the wild came […]

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Daniel Smith-Rowsey’s Film Brief 2016

Did the studios fiddle while Rome burned in 2016? In other words, should Hollywood have done more to stop Trump and the Republican Party taking over the government in every conceivable way? Maybe. If so, surely one reason is that the industry is far less concerned with fiddling, and more concerned with the following question: […]

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Thomas Pollock’s Film Brief 2016

For me, Paterson was one of the standout films of 2016. It was quiet, poignant and human. Adam Driver gave a performance that I think was easily one of the best of the year and makes me hopeful to see him in future films. He is an incredibly talented actor. I hope more people get to […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Performances 2 / 2

The final chapter of the half-time movie report for 2016 is the remaining performances, book-ended by the imprisoned of sorts. We also have some voice work, some heroes, some villains. I know there are many, many others we could have included (perhaps including the wooden dummy that portrays Brahms in The Boy), so feel free […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Performances 1 / 2

I’m betting that the following two-part, non-definitive run-down of some of the finest screen performances of 2016 will have some faces you didn’t expect, some faces you don’t even recognize, and for various film-making technique reasons some were you can’t often even see their faces at all. Nonetheless, regardless of the type of role these […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Scenes 2 / 2

So here are seven more memorable scenes from films in 2016 – in hindsight we could surely have had many more of these. Some of the following movies alone have enough tantalizing moments to fill a whole page on their own. The big performances of the year’s first half not too far behind this, so […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Scenes 1 / 2

There are always scenes we remember or talk about in movies of recent times that may not always come from the freshest of the bunch, in fact quite often they are worthy seeds of a simply rotten fruit. That said, of course, the greatest films this year are crammed with terrific set-pieces and moments and […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Movies 2 / 2

So as previously mentioned I can now blow the half-time whistle and pitch just a selection of the memories 2016 in movies has scored highly with us thus far. A quiet start to the year by some standards, but my word what a mixture of movies to envelope ourselves in. You have no excuses really, […]

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2016 In Film So Far: Movies 1 / 2

Oh hello there July, you certainly crept up on us. Or rather sped towards us full throttle. Six months of 2016 are now behind us and we have reached the half-way point of the year. A bunch of my kind writers gave me their two cents worth as we delve into the first six months […]

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