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Get a horse animated short Lauren Macmullan

Lauren MacMullan’s Get a Horse! : Breaking the Fourth Wall

Disney’s Get a Horse! was one of the nominees for the Best Animated Short Oscar, but it lost to Mr Hublot. The 3D short directed by Lauren MacMullen features Mickey and Mini Mouse in a mixed media of hand-drawn black-and-while animation blended with computer-generated color 3D animation. Get a Horse! is not only a true […]

Oscars 2014 Live Coverage

Jared Leto won the Best Supporting Actor. Catherine Martin of The Great Gatsby won Best Costume Design. Adruitha Lee, Robin Matthews of Dallas Buyers Club won Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Matthews had a $250-budget for makeup. Mr. Hublot won Best Animated Short Film. Frozen won Best Animated Feature Film. Gravity won Best Visual Effects. Karen O performed […]

Oscars 2014 Quotes, Facts, and Trivia

With the Oscars 2014 starting in just a few hours, here is a brief overview of some of this year’s best quotes from the nominated movies. Amy Adams in American Hustle I am being real. This is who I am says Amy Adams’ character (Sydney Prosser) in a scene from American Hustle where she reveals she […]

Dirty Wars Documentary: Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill Expose the Dark Side of American Wars

Richard Rowley’s Dirty Wars documentary follows investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and his revelations about America’s military intervention in Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Scahill investigates American killings of civilians, including pregnant women and children, covered up by the American services, particularly the Joint Special Operations Command, known as JSOC. Dirty Wars, based on Scahill’s book […]

Jehane Noujaim The Square documentary oscars

Jehane Noujaim’s The Square: a Documentary about Egypt and the power of Film

Jehane Noujaim’s The Square follows the Egypt revolution between 2011 and 2013 by focusing on three protesters: the young Egyptian Ahmed Hassan, the Muslim Brotherhood member Magdy Ashour, and the British-Egyptian actor Khalid Abdala, known for his role in The Kite Runner. The film features some harrowing unscripted scenes, such as a tank running over […]

morgan nevile 20 feet from stardom oscar nomination

Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom Oscar Nomination | Oscars 2014 Documentary Preview

Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom documentary is about backup singers and their role in the musical industry. The film is nominated for the Best Documentary this year, and is one of the two art-related nominations—the other one is Cutie and the Boxer about the Japanese artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara. 20 Feet from Stardom […]

The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer documentary Oscars 2014

The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer and the Denial of Reality

Earlier today, the director of The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer published a comment about the influence his Oscar-nominated documentary had on the Indonesian society. The Act of Killing revisits and literally re-enacts the country’s horror from 1965, when the military overtook government power and killed more than 500,000 people labeled “communists.” The Act of […]

Cutie and the Boxer: Zachary Heinzerling’s Documentary about Ushio and Noriko Shinohara | Oscars 2014

In Zachary Heinzerling’s Cutie and the Boxer, Japanese action-painting artist Ushio Shinohara is paint-boxing the canvas pretty hard, considering he is 80 years old. The documentary follows and lives of Ushio and his wife Noriko, also an artist. The two are constantly split between their art and family life, love and competition for each other, […]

Nebraska cinematography Phedon Papamichael

Nebraska’s Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael’s Visual Expression of Detachment | Oscars 2014

Nebraska by Alexander Payne focuses on the everyday, non-spectacular life of aging Woody Grant (played by Bruce Dern), his wife, and sons. With its emphasis on the non-dramatic, the film reminds of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. Because it is defying the mainstream cinema expectations for drama and spectacle, Nebraska is probably unlikely to win the Best […]