Danny Collins (2015) Review

Danny Collins stars Al Pacino as a washed up musician in one of his better roles/performances in the 2000 years, which I don't know if that is saying much cause reading 2000 - 2015 on his imdb page is full of stinkers (88 minutes, Gigli, Jack and Jill). Although I don't ever totally buy Pacino as the kind of guy who has a voice that makes him this amazing recognizable talent that sells out concerts and has volumes of greatest hits as he is portrayed in the movie but his charisma, charm, wild attire, and vices of a fallen Pop idol suit the very old looking Pacino in this film like a glove. 

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From the Archive: St. Patrick's Day Irish Crime Films

Yes, I used to be a lonely blogger before co-founding Cinema Sandwich. I still love making lists and here was one I made and enjoyed making circa 2011 about one of my favorite sub-genres: The Irish Mob Crime film. There is still some movies I wished I added to the list but I think it is a good start if you are looking for some St. Paddy's day cinema. Enjoy!

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2015 Oscar Predicitions

It's Oscar Night. Here are my predictions. This is the first year in a long time where I don't feel sure about any of my picks. Last year I was very cocky and pretty much got about 3 wrong total, usually the short film category kills me. This year, I'm pulling for Boyhood as Best Pic and Keaton as Best actor but I feel like the night will go in a totally different direction.

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Inherent Vice (2014) - Movie Review

Director Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the few directors we have left that is a distinct filmmaker who hasn't won an Oscar but makes films that are revered classics and known by cinephiles as being experts of craft in front of the camera and behind it. PTA is one of the filmmakers left who voices his love for Film over Digital practically with his use of gorgeous 70mm on 2012's The Master. His career is also a mixed bag of films. He got his start by making very Altman-esque ensemble movies like Magnolia and Boogie Nights, gave Adam Sandler some of his best reviews in Punch Drunk Love, and arguably reminded people why we thought Joaquin was sucha great actor with his performance in The Master, and it's hard to not talk about Phillip Seymour Hoffman without mentioning some of PTA's work. 

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#tbt - United 93 (2006) Review

My goal with the column #tbt short for Throwback Thursday in social media land is to go back into my vast and unappreciated DVD collection. Ever since, Netflix and Hulu I have found myself trying to watch newer and newer films but neglect movies I have purchased, and deserve a rewatch of appreciation. For my first review I thought it was appropriate to watch Paul Greengrass' 2006 film "United 93" on the 13th anniversary thursday of the September 11th attacks.

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Draft Day (2014) Review

I don't know what it is about Kevin Costner and his father-figure qualities but he is still watchable and likable even though he starred in movies like Waterworld and this year's 3 days to Kill. Costner is the type of actor who goes from the nonredeemable to the redeemable in the course of one year to the next. For every Dances with Wolves and JFK there's a The Postman and Dragonfly to cut him back down. This year it seems like it's going from 3 Days to Kill/Jack Ryan to Draft Day.

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The Death of Cinema: This week's most depressing Movie-related stories (1/27/14)

Jesse Eisenberg as Superman's Arch-nemesis? More Acapella themed movies? Seth MacFarlane fools America again into thinking he's a comedy genius? Find out why all these things Depressed Matt this week.

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