Category Archives: Oscars 2014

My reviews of all the nominees and winners at the 2014 Oscars

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (John Wells, 2013)

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Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper Genre: Drama The Weston family has always been dysfunctional with at its matriarch Violet at the helm always having had a troubled relationship with her three daughters (Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne … Continue reading

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NEBRASKA (Alexander Payne, 2013)

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Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb Genre: Drama Woody Grant (Dern) is an alcoholic, elderly and seemingly senile old man who after receiving a letter that is obviously a complete scam, firmly believes that he has won $1million. The … Continue reading

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THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (Felix Van Groeningen, 2012)

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Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse Genre: Drama/ World Cinema Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) meet and fall in love and so begin a passionate relationship. Though both bohemian in their approach to life, they do this despite their … Continue reading

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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

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Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie Genre: Drama/ Biography/ Comedy As a man who always wanted to be rich, Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) sets his sights on earning his fortune in the brutal world of stock broking on Wall Street. … Continue reading

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THE GREAT BEAUTY (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

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  Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli Genre: Drama/ Comedy/ World Cinema Jep Gombardella (Toni Servillo) is a journalist who has lived amongst the wealthy residents of Rome all his life, living a decadent and materialist life. He once … Continue reading

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12 YEARS A SLAVE (Steve McQueen, 2013)

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Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt Genre: Drama/ Biography In 1840s America, a free black man from upstate New York called Solomon Northup (Ejiofor) is tricked, abducted and sold into slavery in Louisiana. He then embarks on a 12 … Continue reading

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AMERICAN HUSTLE (David O. Russell, 2013)

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  Starring: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams Genre: Crime/ Drama/ Comedy (apparently) Con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) meets and falls in love with stripper and fellow jazz lover Sydney Prosser (Adams), despite being married and having a child with … Continue reading

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