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[Oscars 2013] – Predicting The Nominations

9 Jan

An actual Oscar statuette to be presented during the 79th Annual Academy Awards sits in a display case in Hollywood

I still have a few 2013 releases to catch up with, and I though I wanted to make my Oscar nominations predictions post having seen all of them, the nods are due early tomorrow morning so I’ll have to post them now.

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[Review] – This Is Not a Film

25 Mar

Title: This Is Not a Film
Year: 2012
Directors: Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Writer: –
Starring: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Runtime: 75 min
IMDb Rating: 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Metacritic: 89

I hadn’t watched a single great film in all of March, not since The Secret World of Arrietty, which I saw on the last day of February, have I really loved a film. Well, that all changed upon watching This Is Not a Film today. This is a documentary that was very simply done and shot, and that’s just as good because it’s precisely those qualities that only heightens the impact it can have as a political statement, and you can feel the weight of the whole reality it presents. It’s a film that was shot on an iPhone, smuggled from Iran to France in a flash-drive hidden inside a birthday cake to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, made by Jafar Panahi while he was under house arrest, awaiting the result of his appeal of a six year prison sentence and a twenty year ban on filmmaking, leaving the country of speaking to the media.

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