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Oscar 2013: Best Picture Roundup   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — January 25, 2013

2013’s Oscar nominations are a diverse set

It’s a quite diverse collection of films that the Academy has singled out for Oscar 2013 Best Picture nomination. Only two are similar enough in their style, theme, and content to feel like they might fit into the same category: …more »»


After Life (1999)   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — May 25, 2013

Imaginative, compassionate, and perceptive, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s After Life creates a crucible of sorts to distill a person’s life down to its essence — or at least its essence as seen …more »»


After Life (1999)   
(After viewing)

by Randy Heffner — June 30, 2013

Kore-eda’s intimate observation and deliberate pacing in After Life draw me beyond its central notion (choosing a single memory) and into a longing to be more often fully present in all the …more »»


Amour (2012)   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — January 23, 2013

Intimate and conflicted, tender and raw, Amour explores an elderly couple’s struggle with the hardships of sudden disability. Considering the whole of the film, it is bold on director Michael Haneke’s part to choose …more »»


Les Misérables (2012)   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — January 3, 2013

With intense performances, marvelous (not perfect) singing, excellent staging, and more, Les Misérables delivers strongly on Victor Hugo’s classic novel — and does itself proud in comparison to the stage production from which the …more »»


Moonrise Kingdom (2012)   
(After viewing)

by Randy Heffner — February 10, 2013

Seeing Moonrise Kingdom, I long for the simple, true, mature love that gets lost amidst the dysfunction in our own lives and in the world around us. But even before we get to that, the film is simply fun from open to close, and just …more »»


To The Wonder (2012)   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — May 25, 2013

A good friend and filmmaker described To the Wonder by saying, "It's the film around the film." The description is apt. It's storytelling is unconventional and, in this way, it is like …more »»


Upstream Color (2013)   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — May 27, 2013

In a story told more through image and feeling than through dialog and action, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color explores human identity and authenticity, deception and complicity, loss and …more »»


Zero Dark Thirty (2012)   
(Before viewing)

by Randy Heffner — January 15, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty is tense, tight, and deep into the uncertainties and risks of intelligence work in a post-9/11, terror-ridden world. Indeed, the film’s exploration begins and ends with that fact: that our world is …more »»