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Episode 184 – The Host / The Place Beyond the Pines / Starbuck

In Podcast episode 184 of Moviewallas we discuss:

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– The Host

The Place Beyond the Pines

– Starbuck

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Episode 183 – Olympus Has Fallen / Spring Breakers / Admission

This episode of the Moviewallas podcast includes reviews of:

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– Olympus Has Fallen

– Spring Breakers

– Admission

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Episode 177 – Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters / Side Effects

In this episode of Moviewallas we review:

 

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– Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters

– Side Effects

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Lore | Review

LORE, the second film from Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault) is a riveting and complex look into a rarely seen legacy of the Holocaust.

When her SS officer father and mother, a staunch Nazi believer, are captured by the allies at the end of World War II, Lore, a fourteen-year-old German girl (Saskia Rosendahl) is left to fend for herself and must lead her four siblings on a harrowing journey across a devastated country. When she meets the charismatic and mysterious young refugee Thomas, (Kai Malina, The White Ribbon,) Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of hatred and desire as she must put her trust in the very person she was always taught to hate in order to survive.

loreLore is more than an average coming of age tale as it slowly simmers, teasing and testing us with the question “How can someone be wrong for believing what they are raised to” and more importantly that there are always casualties on both sides of any war.  The story is a triumph in showing how far one goes to protect the ones that they love and to whom they are duty bound.

Striking newcomer Saskia Rosendahl is a pleasure to watch and will certainly be noticed for this mesmerizing performance in the title role.  Her quiet beauty and display of emotion is admirable for someone so young and she is supported by an equally talented younger cast.

Screenwriters Shortland and Robin Mukherjee have done a marvelous job of adapting Rachel Seiffert’s novel The Dark Room (Man Booker Prize finalist, LA Times Prize for First Fiction).  In fact, Random House will re-publish the novel The Dark Room to coincide with the film’s February theatrical release.

Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (Animal Kingdom, Snowtown) does an equally fine job of capturing the bleak and lush landscapes of the countryside.  At times we feel like we are watching a painting unfolding.

LORE opened in Los Angeles and New York on February 8 and will be followed by a national roll-out

Winner: Audience Award, 2012 Locarno Film Festival

Winner: Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award, 2012 Hamptons Film Festival

Winner: Kodak Award for Cinematography,  2012 Hamptons Film Festival

Winner: Bronze Horse for Best Film, Saskia Rosendahl for Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score, 2012 Stockholm Film Festival  

Winner: Best Film, 2012 Hamburg Film Festival  

Official Selection: 2012 Toronto International Film Festival-Special Presentations

Official Selection: 2012 Locarno Film Festival Winner: Audience Award

Official Selection: 2012 Sydney Film Festival

2013 Australian Film Institute Awards (Australian Oscars)- Nominated for Best Film, Best Young Actor, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design,  Best Production Design, Best Sound  

Episode 173 – Zero Dark Thirty / The Impossible / Promised Land

Happy New Year!  Here is a wrap up of some late 2012 and early 2013 releases.

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– Zero Dark Thirty.  Can acclaimed Director Kathryn Bigelow repeat the success of The Hurt Locker?

– The Impossible.  There’s Oscar buzz for Naomi Watts for her performance here.  Find out what we thought.

– Promised Land.  Director Gus Van Sant brings us a morality tale with an all-star cast.

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Episode 172 – Les Misérables / Django Unchained

It’s the 2012 Christmas Day releases in this episode of Moviewallas!  We discuss:

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– Les Misérables

– Django Unchained

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Episode 166 – Skyfall / Flight / A Late Quartet

A bumper crop of movies this week! We discuss:

– Skyfall – Director Sam Mendes gives us his take on the much loved James Bond franchise
– Flight – A new movie starring Denzel Washington and directed by Robert Zemeckis
– A Late Quartet – A terrific ensemble cast including Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour-Hoffman

…and the name of the movie that none us could remember was Crazy Heart!

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Episode 164 – Cloud Atlas / The Master

In this episode of Moviewallas we discuss a couple of this year’s more challenging works:

  

  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Master

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Episode 162 – Argo / Seven Psychopaths

In Episode 162 of Moviewallas we talk about:

  

  • Ben Affleck’s highly anticipated movie Argo
  • Writer/director Martin McDonagh’s latest work Seven Psychopaths

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Episode 156 – For a Good Time, Call… / Lawless

In Episode 156 of Moviewallas we talk about:

    

  • For a Good Time, Call…
  • Lawless

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