Adam’s 2015 Movie Challenge

Every year Editor-in-Chief Adam Patterson says he'll watch my film recommendations and every year he continues not to strike these films from his list of shame. Given his recent movie challenge proposal, I've decided that my move would consist of some of Adam's favorite types of films - thoughtful ruminations of the slow-burn foreign type. Although, the unveiling of my list will be more subdued in nature, given the fact that I lack the skill and abilities needed to cut 25 films together to a thumping soundtrack.

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In a world of three-act plots and character arcs, Isao Takahata's The Tale of Princess Kaguya reminds us that stories don't have to be neat to be accessible. Studio Ghibli's final film (for the foreseeable future) is a retelling of a Japanese folktale with the intimacy of a bedtime story and the breadth of an epic. It is illustrated with the utmost care – with creative, balanced compositions eclipsing the need for broad illustrative strokes. Takahata's latest masterwork doesn't explain itself, nor is it interested in doing so; its tangents make for a rich tapestry of plaintive beauty and immeasurable wisdom, and what more could we ask for?


Kickstart Sunday: PORTAL TO HELL

Roddy Piper discovers a portal to hell in his basement and fights against Cthulhu? That should be all I need to say about this week’s Kickstart Sunday pick, Portal to Hell, from director Vivieno Caldinelli. As if the

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I am such a fan of Mike Leigh’s work that it pains me to give his latest offering, Mr. Turner, a mere 6.5/10 rating. On the surface, the subject matter is out of Leigh’s wheelhouse, as it does not focus on middle- to lower-class Brits from the last 60 years. Instead, it follows in the footsteps of his exploration of operatic masters Gilbert and Sullivan in Topsy-Turvy and explores a famous painter living and working in the 19th century. That painter is J.M.W. Turner, a fascinating character about whom a great movie could have been made; I just wish it had been better.


Kevin’s 2015 Movie Challenge

Every year Film Pulse editor Kevin Rakestraw challenges himself to watch 50 movies from a specific genre, filmmaker, or time period. This year I’m issuing him another challenge with a list of my own. Your move, Kevin.

He will have one


Final 9 Foreign Language Oscar Titles Announced

The Oscar race is coming to the home stretch, with the final nine possible nominees for Best Foreign Language Film being announced today including Force Majeure, Leviathan, and the Polish film Ida. Interestingly, some heavy-hitters like Xavier Dolan‘s Mommy and the Marion Cotillard-starring


Florida Film Critics Circle Announces 2014 Award Winners

The winners of this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle Awards have been announced, with Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel nabbing the most trophies including Best Original Screenplay, Best Ensemble, and Best Art Direction/Production Design. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman picked up Best Picture

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ANNIE Review

It can be difficult for a remake to justify its existence, and the 2014 version of Annie offers only sketchy modernization to differentiate itself from the 1982 film and 1977 Broadway musical. Changing the name of Daddy Warbucks, turning the character into a cell phone mogul, and integrating social media isn’t nearly enough to avoid a stale sense of familiarity. The superficial contemporary spins from director Will Gluck and his co-writer Aline Brosh McKenna are uninspired in their concept and flat in their execution. It also doesn’t help that the cast (of a musical) is populated with non-singers and non-dancers.


THE INTERVIEW Gets Pulled From Theaters, May Get VOD Release

Yesterday, the hacker group that brought Sony Pictures to its knees by perpetrating the largest corporate hack in history released a statement declaring if theaters exhibit the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy The Interview, there will be a “9/11-style” attack on theaters across

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I’m going to have to address this. I didn’t like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy. There, I said it. I didn’t like it. I hold The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in high regard and consider it the best trilogy I’ve ever witnessed. (While I love the original Star Wars trilogy, I had many issues with Return of the Jedi). I have nothing bad to say about any chapter in Jackson’s original trilogy. While this review is for the latest, and hopefully last, entry in the Middle Earth saga, my issues with the film cannot be addressed without mentioning from whence the source of my displeasure comes.

Florida Film Critics Circle Announces 2014 Award Nominees

Florida Film Critics Circle Announces 2014 Award Nominees

The full list of nominees for the 2014 Florida Film Critics Circle awards has been released, with Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu‘s Birdman nabbing eight noms, and Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel in a close second with seven. The Best Picture nominees include Birdman,


PIXELS Gets 3 New Teaser Posters

Three new teaser posters have been revealed for the upcoming Chris Columbus-directed comedy Pixels, which revolves around a race of aliens who misinterpret retro video game signals as a declaration of war and decide to attack Earth using familiar video game properties. Based


Film Pulse Plays: STARGATE

On this episode of Film Pulse Plays, we take a look at the 1994 Roland Emmerich sci-fi epic, Stargate, starring Kurt Russell and James Spader, then explore the video game versions for Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Game Gear, and Game Boy.