This Week in the Box: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

treasureofthesierramadreNote: This Week in the Box is a year-long series where Sam works through the entire Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection box set. To find reviews of the other films in the series and see the complete list, click here.

The great part about having a blog is that when you say very clever or prescient things– like predicting 19 of 24 Oscar winners, or naming all 9 Best Picture nominees before they are officially nominated– it is there in black and white for everyone to read and for you to point to. The terrible part about having a blog is that when you say dumb things– like that Humphrey Bogart is a terrible actor– they’re preserved in the same amber. Oops.

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Veronica Mars

Veronica_Mars_Film_Poster The Veronica Mars movie was epic. Lives ruined, bloodshed. About the only thing it didn’t do was span continents. It lets us spend 107 minutes with old friends who we haven’t seen for eight years and wish we were as clever as they are.

The plot is solid, more than just a reason to gather together the familiar cast of characters. The real heart of the movie, though, is the snappy dialogue. Keith and Veronica especially still maintain their excellent rapport. The maturity really shows in the fact that Logan’s girlfriend was murdered and we’re never supposed to think that he might have done it. During the show’s run, if Logan was accused of murder then we and Veronica were always supposed to believe that he might have done it.

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2014 Florida Film Festival: A Review of the Preview, Part 2

FFF2014LogoIn the first part of the Review of the Preview, I described what happened at the event. In this part, I’m reviewing the three shorts and 28 trailers shown during the Preview Party. A complete list of the films showing during the Florida Film Festival is available on the Festival’s website.

The Shorts

I almost never see shorts. Where would I see shorts, if I wanted to see them?  Rarely, I go to a movie that plays a short before the film. The only examples  I remember are animated Disney movies, most recently Frozen. As a result, I’m kind of indifferent to shorts. I don’t have specific expectations for them. All three of the shorts shown at the Preview Party were excellent. I loved each one for different reasons.

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2014 Florida Film Festival: A Review of the Preview, Part 1

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The Preview Party for the 2014 Florida Film Festival took place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. I have never been to a film festival before, so did not really know what to expect. I knew there would be free snacks and drinks and that the list of films would be announced. I figured we would see clips of some of the films.

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Veronica Mars Watchalong Week 9: Episodes S03E14 through Episode S03E20

vms364 episodes in 64 days! Tonight, I get to see the movie. It’s a pretty good day to be a Veronica Mars fan. I know that a lot of people were disappointed that the series ended as it did but I actually thought that it was kind of perfect. They told us that Keith and Veronica Mars were back to being at the bottom of the heap without giving a pat answer to every question. It was very noir. Don’t think that my inner fangirl isn’t super psyched for the movie, though. I did give to the Kickstarter, after all.

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2014 Florida Film Festival: An Introduction

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I’m Karen, aka greenegirlcr, and I’m excited to be guestblogging about The Florida Film Festival for An Inanimate F*cking Blog!

I am a New Englander who moved to the Orlando metro area 12 years ago to escape the cold. For many years, I referred to Orlando as ‘a cultural void.’ The truth was, I wasn’t taking advantage of the cultural opportunities that Orlando offers. It’s not Boston (my former home), and it may be dominated by a certain mouse, but that doesn’t mean there’s no culture here. For the last three years, my husband and I have had season tickets to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, an excellent regional theater. For a couple seasons, we had tickets to the Orlando Philharmonic Pops series; for a year we had Broadway in Orlando tickets.

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This Week in the Box: Casablanca

CasablancaNote: This Week in the Box is a year-long series where Sam works through the entire Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection box set. To find reviews of the other films in the series and see the complete list, click here.

Sometimes running behind can be useful. I have remained on schedule all year so far with seeing a movie every week from this box set, but I’ve consistently run 2-4 movies behind in writing about them for this blog. In the case of Casablanca, that is fortunately going to save me from looking even sillier than I usually do.

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2013 Oscars: Recap Madness

matthew-mcconaughey-lupita-nyongA week late and a grand short, that sounds about right. Alrighty then, on with the Oscars Recap!

Things about the Show

I wasn’t particularly amused by Ellen Degeneres. I expressed my displeasure with the telecast to others and have been told loudly and unequivocally that to expect anything other than mediocrity is hoping for way too much and I should just hush. I’ll say this for her: she sure committed to her bits. I kind of wish the bits were better, but apparently that’s too much to ask for.

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2013 Oscars Predictions: Now with actual predictions!

At last, we have arrived at that holiest of High Holy Days: the actual day of the Oscars. I’m so excited, I don’t have the words. Just imagine me flapping my hands wildly and making a noise a lot like “squee.” For six or more hours.

And, as promised, I have my Actual Oscars Picks. There’s still time to lock in your bets at your local sportsbook or oddsmaker. I have arranged my picks in a confidence list, according to Jeff Bayer’s yearly Oscar Bowling game. This is the fourth year I’ve played, because I’m obsessed.  My scores for previous years go like this:

2011: 232
2012: 224
2013: 249

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