Listmania: Al’s Best of 2016 Awards

On the latest episode of the Woo L.A. Podcast, you can hear my picks for what I thought was the best in film of 2016. I waited until now to release these because I wanted to wait until I had a chance to see everything from last year. For these nominees and winners, I tried […]

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Woo L.A. Podcast #4: A Late Best Of 2016 In Film

Welcome to the podcast number four. I am joined by the host Al (@AlRob_MN), his roomie Julia (@Reality_Diva1), and Joel (@JoeM_136) makes a swift return. We have a theme tune too now, and Al is also dabbling with some section-defining jingles – work like a charm. Discussion-wise, the four of us touch on our final “best […]

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Film Honors: 2016

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Woo L.A. Podcast – Live Not At The Oscars

Hey everyone, Robin, Joel, Ryan, and I enjoyed doing the special podcast so much that we wanted to do another one during the Oscars. We Skyped for over 6 hours, and I decided to try something and cut it down to just under 2 hours (including the intro and outro song). Jonathan Holmes and my […]

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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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Woo L.A. Podcast – Oscar Picks With Al Al Land

I’d been thinking for a long time about doing a podcast, and Robin and I have talked more specifically about doing one. The idea and opportunity came up to send out the call to those who might be interested, and I’m very happy with who decided to agree to join in with this specific recording. […]

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Review: Passengers

Morten Tyldum decided that after making the pulsating, brilliant Headhunters in his native Norway that he would downgrade, flying off to make the English-language The Imitation Game. After that was over-lavished with Academy Award nominations, he got the opportunity to direct a big budget sci-fi movie with none other than Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Sounds […]

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Review: The Witch / Under the Shadow

The problem with horror films is that there are not enough horror films. Let me rephrase, the problem with horror films is that there are not enough good ones. Great ones. That might not be an issue for you, but I love a good scare. A high level of intrigue. Being startled, wondering whats behind […]

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Preview: Film Honors 2016

Wherein I analyse my own choices ahead of Sunday’s big announcements. Check out the Film Honors 2016 Nominees in full, or go straight on ahead: The Handmaiden Is No Dreamgirls (Thankfully) The Handmaiden, like a few other exceptional efforts, perched just outside my top 10 for 2016 for some time, one of those fine films […]

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Review: Loving

Companionship derived through pure love is tough at the best of times, but for the likes of Richard and Mildred Loving their struggles were not through their own devotion to each other, but rather the inter-racial marriage laws in certain parts of America in the 1950s. Still somehow relevant today, the notion that two people […]

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Review: The Wailing

Forget about what you expect going into Na Hong-jin’s extraordinary The Wailing, a shape-shifter of a film, part detective story, part mystery, part thriller, part horror, part God only knows what. South Korean cinema gets a fairly bright pin on the map of international movies of 2016, The Wailing sets up the strange tale without […]

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Review: Allied

Headed by two beloved acting forces Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt, with a well-established film-maker of the last 30 years Robert Zemeckis, a critically acclaimed screenwriter Steven Knight, a household-name score composer Alan Silvestri, and a narrative set amidst war, politics, romance, intrigue, humor – seen that kind of fodder before, sure, but we always […]

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Listmania: Al’s Top 10 Movies of 2016

It’s time for me to look back on the year in movies that was for 2016, and rank my top 10 favorites of the year. These 10 are not what I would objectively call the best, but more what ones I had the most fun or thought were the most interesting. Overall I saw around […]

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Film Honors 2016: Nominations

2016. The movies took us to some great places and times. Some not so memorable, some disappointing, some ruined somewhat by hype. A lot of fine films and filmmaking stayed with us for the journey – some came early, some turned up right at the last minute. Zombies boarded our train. We climbed through a […]

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Listmania: Al’s 5 Disappointments Of 2016

So for most people, the year of 2016 in movies was horrible. It was only saved by movies like Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and La La Land. That is an overstatement, but I think it fits the sentiment. Most of the summer blockbusters were a disaster, and to quote Ian, the Minister of Truth, […]

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Review: American Honey

With American Honey, British director Andrea Arnold ventures out with her road movie, implying something altogether bigger, broader, bolder. Making huge leaps across the waters to produce a film set in the States, Arnold certainly has afforded the right to do so, proven herself a worthy maker of films with authenticity, integrity and ground level […]

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Review: Train to Busan

The hyperactive, refreshing journey that Asian cinema can sometimes take you on is exemplified by Train to Busan, from South Korea, a pulsating, edge-of-your-seat thrill-ride from beginning to end. Wasting no time, Yeon Sang-ho sets the scene, a swift, affecting introduction to some fine characters, before letting rip with a form of zombie apocalypse we’ve not quite […]

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Review: La La Land

To boot, I loved almost all the separate components of the film individually but I didn’t love the resulting bundle. Aesthetically, my eyes were gently caressed with beauty for the full duration of the movie and for that I’m most appreciative. Ryan Gosling is his usual, immaculate self, succeeding in gracing us with yet another stunning performance […]

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Listmania: Al’s Top 5 Films From Spring 2016

  Hey everybody. My name is Al Robinson, and as much as I love movies, I equally love making lists, especially lists about movies. Last year I became “The Listman” via The Flicksation Podcast, as suggested by Eric Madsen (@Hazer75). I started recording my segments for the podcast around July.  It was a really fun […]

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Review: I, Daniel Blake

I know something of the welfare system in this country, an often infuriating loop-the-loop, procedures and forms to fill out over basic human rights and common sense reasoning. The structure is there for a reason though, to process entitlement, clamp down on fraud, and blah blah, but there are many who get caught in the […]

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