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The Entire 20th Century and Beyond: An Epic List of Movies from the Years in Which They Take Place

If cinema can be looked at as a gateway into time, then why has nobody put together a timelined map outlining which movies have taken place during which year? Not ...

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Yep, Another “Best of” List: The Best and Worst of 2014

Well, it’s time once again for me to share with the movie nerds webwide what I thought was the best that 2014 had to offer in cinema. This is not our Top 15 ...

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18 Nights of Dario Argento Films (1970 – 2012)

Thanks to our residential expert on all-things-Dario Argento we now have a trustworthy place to visit in order to weed out the good Argento films from the awful ones. Writer, ...

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Monthly Poll: What is the best Alejandro González Iñárritu movie?

alejandro-gonzalez-inarritu-image-4Well, it’s been some time since we at Filmbalaya have conducted a poll, so I figured returning to the polls with something Oscar related is as good of a way as any to bring this monthly feature back to the masses. Having just scooped up a Best Director Oscar, I’d like to find out what you think is the best Alejandro González Iñárritu movie to date. You can vote for your favorite film either after the jump, or on the sidebar.

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Bay Area, Here are 5 Must-See Films for the Week of March 2nd – 8th

watership_down___efrafa_by_fiszike-d4xj54jIf you’re planning on visiting a theatre in the Bay Area this week (Mar 2 – Mar 8), these are the five best films I can recommend you see. There’s a good chance that I’ll be at one or more of these screenings, so if you see me, say hi.

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Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash”

whiplash-miles-tellerThe two worst words in the English language: ‘Good job.’

Such is the wisdom of Terence Fletcher, the grizzled jazz composer and teacher at New York’s prestigious Shaffer Conservatory of Music. He is a virtual love child of Tony Robbins and Morton Downey, Jr., and bitterly grumbles about the slow demise of old-school jazz. Andrew Neiman is a babyfaced nineteen-year-old freshman who has played the skins since childhood and loftily aspires to ascend to the pantheon of all-time jazz-drumming greats, alongside the likes of Buddy Rich. No small feat. Read More…

Podcast Episode #8: “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus”

Da-Sweet-Blood-of-Jesus-fThis time out we’re talking vampires, both those of the strictly comedic New Zealand kind and those of the more socially metaphorical, musically messy, crowd funded kind. We start things off with Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi‘s (“Flight of the Concords” duo) What We Do in the Shadows and follow it up with Spike Lee‘s latest joint, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. WARNING: Fangs will be sprouted, veins will be pulsing, and of course spoilers will be revealed. As always, enjoy.

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SHOW NOTES:
What We Do in the Shadows 1:00 – 15:44
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus 15:45 – End
Intro and Outro music: “Omniverse” by Survive

John Boorman’s “Queen and Country”

MOV_QueenandCountry_2440Queen and Country is a quant film about a lad who discovers some basic things about life, love, and lost. Directed by the great John Boorman, who crafted one my favorite films, Point Blank (oh the jazzy colors) I went into this with high expectations. Though Boorman is known for his Hollywood works here in the states, he has also done a lot of British TV.

Right off the bat, filmmaking is wonderful, gruesome, and often thankless work, and I want to thank the filmmaker for his contribution to cinema with regard to his elderly statesman status of the (American) new wave of the late 60’s and 70’s. Now on with the review. Read More…

Elephant in the Room: Diversity at the Oscars

And just when you thought you heard everyone’s opinion about this year’s Oscars, along comes two elephants. Well folks, it’s been a minute since we featured an “Elephant in the Room” segment. For those of you who are new to this series this is an ongoing web series in where a real elephant (okay, a human with an elephant nose) will point out a particular aspect of a movie that the movie, or in this case the Motion Picture Academy, fails to address. Enjoy.

Bay Area, Here are 5 Must-See Films for the Week of February 23rd – 29th

Bigger-Than-LifeIf you’re planning on visiting a theatre in the Bay Area this week (Feb 23 – Feb 29), these are the five best films I can recommend you see. There’s a good chance that I’ll be at one or more of these screenings, so if you see me, say hi.

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Podcast Episode #7: “A Most Violent Year”

501564.jpg-r_640_600-b_1_D6D6D6-f_jpg-q_x-xxyxxLoved it or hated it, nobody on our latest podcast can argue that J.C. Chandor‘s non-gangster gangster movie succeeded in at the very least evoking some polarizing responses. For sure, there’s no shortage of boos or cheers in this one.

As always, you might want to watch the movie first before listening because there will be spoilers. Enjoy.

 

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Intro music: “Audiomachine” by Cremona
Closing music: “America for me” by Alex Ebert

Podcast Episode #6: “Whiplash”

WHIPLASHDamien Chazelle‘s latest film “Whiplash”. Is this just another cliched Sundance-ish indie movie, or something more? Sounds like a topic to be hashed out via Podcast. So, let’s get into it, shall we? WARNING: there are spoilers, as well as one bad interesting J.K. Simmons impression. Enjoy

 

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Intro Music: “Whiplash” by Justin Hurwitz
Outro Music: “Whiplash” by Metallica