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I hope everyone had a good ol' jolly Christmas celebrating it with family, friends, a gluttonous amount of food! The good people of Fairgrounds Media Inc. has brought us a little video that showcases Christmas through the eyes of various infamous auteurs we all know and love (ie: Lars von Trier, Steven Spielberg). This clip is nothing short of humorous and charming as it references to Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas and even Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can't help but giggle at these auteur's iconic styles that are undeniably prominent and recognizable. Check it out!

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OK, ladies and gentlemen! My review of Spike Jonze's Her is finally here! Her showed at the AFI FEST '13 and I can easily say its one of the best film of 2013! Spike Jonze's Her is THE ULTIMATE 21st century love story that contemplates the idea of the essence of love and relationships. Jonze serenades and cradles us in his arms as we equally reflect and relate to Theodore's loneliness, dilemma, and revelation. Definitely a MUST-SEE!!

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Lawrence of Arabia (1962, David Lean)

T.E. Lawrence: A thousand Arabs means a thousand knives, delivered anywhere day or night. It means a thousand camels. That means a thousand packs of high explosives and a thousand crack rifles. We can cross Arabia while Johnny Turk is still turning round, and smash his railways. And while he's mending them, I'll smash them somewhere else. In thirteen weeks, I can have Arabia in chaos.
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I've been kind of obsessing over Spike Jonze's new film Her lately because not only is it one of the best films of 2013, but it is basically my kind of film. And what I mean by that is that I love any project Spike Jonze is attached to especially if it deals with love and heartbreak and has Karen O singing part of the soundtrack. How perfect (& biased)! So naturally, I am more than ecstatic to be going on a strict diet of anything tied to Her from stills to reviews to film articles, (even instagram) and so on and so forth! You might just end up vomiting all over your computer after hearing me aggressively preach about the great-ness of the film and the trillion posts I'm going to make but until then, just enjoy the blissfulness that is, HER.











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HOLY CRAP! AFIFEST is now over! I watched over 20 films and I am here to review them! I know this video is incredibly long so just watch the beginning and skip to your preferred mini review!!

TOP FILMS:
02:40 - Yeon Sang-ho's The Fake
03:20 - Harmony Lessons (BEST FILM IMO)
04:26 - Spike Jonze's HER
05:20 - The Past (review: http://youtu.be/DPOSSjOzodU)
05:52 - Borgman 
06:19 - Gloria (Chile's entry to Oscars '14)
06:45 - Like Father, Like Son
07:17 - Jodorowsky's Dune
07:57 - We Are the Best
08:36 - Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (review: http://youtu.be/NXi0cDWaY9I)
08:56 - Blue Ruin (review: http://youtu.be/5GtXI2NYsTM)
09:20 - Big Bad Wolves

OTHER FILMS:
10:18 - Nebraska
11:23 - Saving Mr. Banks
12:10 - Child's Pose (Romania)
12:41 - The Grand Central
13:19 - The Lunchbox
14:24 - Manakamana
15:18 - MOEBIUS!!!
16:11 - Tom at the Farm (review: http://youtu.be/CLkR9sUiNZg)
16:54 - Vic + Flo
17:40 - In Bloom
18:24 - The Sacrament
18:58 - Inside Llewyn Davis (review: http://youtu.be/LLMi5QEvtfk)
20:24 - My Dog Killer

WHEW! That was a long and doozy one! Thanks yall for those who actually watched this!!!
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Gregg Araki is back. It's been four years since Kaboom (2010) and even though, I haven't seen his previous film, I am estatic to know that he is coming out with a new film. I've been a huge fan of Araki after seeing The Doom Generation (1995) and Mysterious Skin (2004). It is just one of those film experience that can wholly change your perspective on the world as well as cinema. Sundance is premiering White Bird in a Blizzard which is based on the novel of the same name by Laura Kaischke. Shailene Woodley is Hollywood's most prominent and rising stars and after seeing her incredible performance in The Spectacular Now, I am hopeful that she will knock it out of the park once again in this film. 

The film tells the story of Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley), a young woman whose life is turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green). Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett also star in this film. 

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Kristen from Sales on Film and I review the new Coen Bro's film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Inside Llewyn is an undeniably beautiful film that chronicles the failing life of Llewyn Davis. Even though its premise is simmering in melancholy and harshness, the Coens construct a tale that shines through and through especially with the stellar performance by Oscar Isaac. 



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Kristen from Sales on Film and I have been reviewing some AFI FEST films but we thought we should stray away and review a film that is one of the best films in 2013! Although, the film runs for a full three hours, never does it drag or feel like it's too much. This coming of age story of Adele tells one of the most genuinely raw tales of self discovery that explores sexuality and love. It is also interesting to see a story that highlights the most rewarding aspects of life that is also a feast for the soul: food, conversations, sleep and of course love. 


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If you didn't know already, Sundance Film Festival just released their MEGA line-up for their 2014 festival! Everyone's eyes should always be peeled considering that any films that are showcased at Sundance are most likely to be the biggest and best films of the year. There are literally a trillion films being shown and obviously, I am not doing any justice by only sharing a sliver of their mind-blowing line-up. But I've compiled a small list of films that I am excited to see in the upcoming year. I am probably missing the best ones but these ones that sound just fantastic as of right now!

PREMIERES:




Frank / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Lenny Abrahamson, Screenwriters: Jon Ronson, Peter Straughan) — Frank is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant garde rock band led by the enigmatic Frank—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head. Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy.




I Origins / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Mike Cahill)—A molecular biologist and his lab partner uncover startling evidence that could fundamentally change society as we know it and cause them to question their once-certain beliefs in science and spirituality. Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun, Archie Panjabi.



The Raid 2 / Indonesia (Director and screenwriter: Gareth Evans) — Picking up where the first film left off, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and expose the corruption in his own police force. Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, Alex Abbad.



They Came Together / U.S.A. (Director: David Wain, Screenwriters: Michael Showalter, David Wain)—This subversion/spoof/deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre has a vaguely, but not overtly, Jewish leading man, a klutzy, but adorable, leading lady, and New York City itself as another character in the story. Cast: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni.




White Bird in a Blizzard / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki)—Based on the acclaimed novel by Laura Kasischke, White Bird in a Blizzard tells the story of Kat Connors, a young woman whose life is turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her beautiful, enigmatic mother. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Jacob Artist.

DOCS:



Life Itself / U.S.A. (Director: Steve James) — Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert. The film details his early days as a freewheeling bachelor and Pulitzer Prize winner, his famously contentious partnership with Gene Siskel, his life-altering marriage, and his brave and transcendent battle with cancer.

All the Beautiful Things / U.S.A. (Director: John Harkrider) — John and Barron are lifelong friends whose friendship is tested when Barron's girlfriend says Barron put a knife to her throat and raped her. Not knowing she has lied, John tells her to go to the police. Years later, John and Barron meet in a bar to resolve the betrayal. (In Competition)




Love Child / South Korea, U.S.A. (Director: Valerie Veatch) — In Seoul in the Republic of Korea, a young couple stands accused of neglect when "Internet addiction" in an online fantasy game costs the life of their infant daughter.Love Child documents the 2010 trial and subsequent ruling that set a global precedent in a world where virtual is the new reality. World Premiere (In Competition)
Mr leos caraX / France (Director: Tessa Louise-Salomé) — Mr leos caraX plunges us into the poetic and visionary world of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker who was already a cult figure from his very first film. Punctuated by interviews and previously unseen footage, this documentary is most of all a fine-tuned exploration of the poetic and visionary world of Leos Carax, alias Mr. X. World Premiere (In Competition)
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE FILMS! (HYPERVENTILATING*) Check out the full guide here
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I go on a HUUUGE rant in my film vlog but let me first state that I AM A HUGE PARK CHAN-WOOK AND EVEN BIGGER PROTECTIVE/LOVER OF THE ORIGINAL OLDBOY. But after I heard that Spike Lee was going to use more material from the 1990's Japanese manga series that OldBoy is based off of, I let go of my blistering pride and became a little more hopeful. There are vast differences between Park's film and the manga that surely solidifies Park's twisted and sick mastermind even further. With that said, I tried not to have the previous film puncture my judgement of the American version no matter how bastardized it was. And even with the unwavering presence of its big brother hovering over each frame, Lee's OldBoy does not stand strong but merely wobbles on its weak knees as a film and not a "remake." It is not entirely unsatisfying but I'm glad that this opera freak show is now removed from the platforms of cinema like a band-aid, first cringe-worthy but swiftly done and over with.
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Secretary (2002, Steven Shainberg)

E. Edward Grey: Look, we can't do this 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lee: Why not?
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I'm really ready for Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive to come out already! Luckily, it will come out early 2014! WHO IS READY? Watch the trailer again and again as well as peeping their stills and clips!
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Goblin came to Beyond Fest and was their centerpiece showcase where they performed three sold out events following by a screening of Dario Argento's classic films such as Suspiria, Deep Red, and Tenebrae. One of the most incredible experiences I have had the pleasure of witnessing. Beyond Fest out did themselves this year! Check out what we had to say about the phenomenal event and Dario's greatest films!


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