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The Jungle Book (2016)

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“Come on, Mowgli.  Let’s be on our way,” says Bagheera.  Mowgli says, “But I’m helping Baloo get ready for hibernation.”  Bagheera replies, “Bears don’t hibernate in the jungle.”  Baloo responds, “Not full hibernation, but I nap a lot.” There have … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol (2009)

“What do you want with me?” asks Ebenezer Scrooge.  Jacob Marley replies, “You will be haunted by three spirits.”  Scrooge responds, “I’d rather not.” There have been several feature-length adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol.  The most … Continue reading

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Hugo (2011)

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It seemed so shocking to me at first when I found out that Martin Scorsese was going to direct an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  The director of Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and The Departed was … Continue reading

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‘The Polar Express’ & ‘A Christmas Carol’

Robert Zemeckis is a writer, producer, and director who first desired to go to film school not long after seeing Bonnie and Clyde with his father when it came out in 1967.  Zemeckis attended USC, where he met Bob Gale … Continue reading

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Watchmen (2009)

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“Never compromise,” says Rorschach to Dan Dreiberg (aka Nite Owl).  He continues, “Not even in the face of Armageddon.  That’s always been the difference between us, Daniel.” I wasn’t really familiar with Alan Moore’s graphic novel when I had first … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed Volume 1: Best Cinematography

The original Yards of Grapevine link: Those Oscar Missed: Best Cinematography Cinematography is such an important part of a film.  In many ways it can define it, used by the director to let us see what he/she wants us to … Continue reading

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Those Oscar Missed Volume 1: Best Production Design

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  The original Yards of Grapevine link: Those Oscar Missed: Best Production Design Best Production Design is one of my favorite Oscar categories.  This is the category where artists can shine the most.  There’s been so much great work over … Continue reading