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Film Review: Magic in the Moonlight

July 21, 2014

(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)

by Daniel Quitério

Colin Firth and Emma Stone in MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT (photo by Jack English, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics. © 2014 Gravier Productions. All rights reserved.)

Exotic locations. Defined characters. Sharp wit. It’s what you come to expect from the venerable, and oh so prolific Woody Allen. And it’s what you’ll come to find in his latest offering, Magic in the Moonlight. In short, if you hate Woody Allen, you’ll hate this film. But on the other hand, if you love this cinematic mastermind, you’ll be as enamored and enchanted by Magic as this reviewer was.

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Limité Must-See: Another Earth (2011)

July 16, 2014

(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)

by Daniel Quitério

Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight. © 2011. All rights reserved.

This is the one movie from the past three years that I’m still tweeting about. It’s rare these days that a film comes along and etches its mark in your mind quite the way Another Earth did to me. Stitched together using bubble gum and string (and green fabric and googly eyes—really), this super low-budget indie darling launched the careers of star and co-writer Brit Marling (Arbitrage, 2012) and writer/director Mike Cahill (I Origins, 2014). Believing that it would be near impossible for two unknowns to attract funding in order to make their film, Cahill and Marling took matters into their own hands. The two Georgetown alumni shot the film in Southern Connecticut with a tiny crew, ultimately earning it a place in Sundance’s 2011 official selection, where it won a Special Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, which is awarded to a film that focuses on science or technology as a theme. It was distributed later that year by Fox Searchlight.

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2014 Faces to Watch

July 14, 2014

NOTE: I edited and partly wrote the following feature for LimitéMagazine.com.

(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)

Committed to its mission to seek and promote tomorrow’s trending topics, we are thrilled to announce its sixth-annual “Faces to Watch” feature. Compiled by Limité’s film team, “Faces to Watch” presents a curated look at this year’s newest and brightest in film – both in front of and behind the camera – as seen through the lens of Limité.

 

Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler / filmmaker

by Minnie Li

Ryan Coogler rose to critical acclaim with his directorial debut, Fruitvale Station. Its Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award wins at last year’s Sundance Film Festival were the first of a trail of recognition from festivals the world over, including the Prix de l’avenir at Cannes, which recognizes Coogler as a talent to watch. He, along with his star Michael B. Jordan, was named by Time as one of the 30 people under 30 changing the world. In December, the 28-year-old filmmaker took home best breakthrough director at the IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards.

Fruitvale Station chronicles the last day of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s life. A white transit officer shot Grant, who was African-American, in 2002 on the BART platform. A decade later, George Zimmerman shot the unarmed young black man, Trayvon Martin. The film and its timely release suggest that life in post-racial America has changed little. Coogler is an Oakland native and has worked as a counselor at a juvenile hall in San Francisco and as a counselor and security guard in a home for troubled Bay Area youths. Grant’s story hit home.

Coogler’s next project is Creed, a spin-off of the Rocky franchise. Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan have already signed on.

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Hollywood Ranks Its 100 Favorite Films

July 3, 2014

I love lists. In particular, I love movie lists. This should be obvious since I dedicated this blog to the list of 170 films I sought out to watch before my 30th birthday. Well, here’s one more list. The Hollywood Reporter recently released its list of “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films.” Filmmakers and industry brass were given the opportunity to vote on the films that would make up the final 100, and I can say that I was honored to be among them. Many of my picks made the final cut. Are your favorites on it? Check it out here.

Los Tres Amigos: The Men Behind GRAVITY, BABEL, and PAN’S LABYRINTH

June 16, 2014

NOTE: I edited and partly wrote the following feature for LimitéMagazine.com.

(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)

(L to R) Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico’s “Three Amigos” are Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Guillermo del Toro. These highly accomplished filmmakers’ works have transcended Mexico’s borders and captured the imaginations of moviegoers the world over. Admired for their fearlessness and imagination, the three director-producers bound together in 2007 to form Cha Cha Cha Films, a production company that released Rudo y Cursi (dir. Carlos Cuarón, 2008), Mother and Child (dir. Rodrigo García, 2009), and Biutiful (dir. Iñárritu, 2009).

The three filmmakers have been nominated for a combined nine Academy Awards, and their most recent directorial achievements include Gravity (Cuarón, 2013), Biutiful (Iñárritu, 2010), and Pacific Rim (del Toro, 2013).

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2014 Top 10 Indie Summer Flicks

June 13, 2014

NOTE: I edited and partly wrote the following feature for LimitéMagazine.com.

(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)

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Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in BEGIN AGAIN

Summer may not officially begin until June 21, but “summer movies” have already begun to make waves at the box office. And while filmgoers succumb to the traditional summer movie fare—including superheroes and sequels, Transformers and talking apes—the indie box office is primed to serve up something different with a bit more depth. This summer, we challenge you to venture beyond the shallow side of the pool and dive into the deep end. Here’s our annual Top 10 list of what you will find there.

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Academy Originals: A Film Buff’s Best Friend

May 24, 2014

This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched its first original web series. Every Monday, a new Academy Originals webisode will be released, exploring a range of film-related topics. Three webisodes were part of this week’s launch, including time spent with film buff Patton Oswalt as he ventured through the Academy Archives, a look into how innovations in motion pictures allow the blind to enjoy films, and a meet with screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism as she describes her creative process.

This is a must-see for any film and Academy enthusiast. Subscribe to the YouTube channel here so you don’t miss each week’s new webisode.

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