Bonus Episode 2: Oscar Wrap-up Special

Oscars 2013With the 85th Academy Awards done and dusted we discuss the highs and lows of this years Oscars. Argo, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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Bonus Episode 1: Oscar Prediction Special

Oscars 2013We couldn’t squeeze everything into episode 15 this week so here’s our first bonus episode: predicting the Oscars. The worthiness of Argo, Life of Pi, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild are discussed plus a quick look at the Razzie nominations for 2013.

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Zero Dark Thirty

The fallout of the September 11th attacks have created a mixed bag in the cinema world. Dramas that focus on smaller, family stories (World Trade Centre, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) have sat awkwardly alongside sprawling political thrillers and combat films (Green Zone, The Hurt Locker). What Kathryn Bigelow achieves with Zero Dark Thirty is something altogether grander. An intense character study wrapped in a detective story disguised as a political thriller. She shuns conventional wisdom regarding pacing and utilises the near three-hour running time to carefully and succinctly lay out one of the greatest man-hunts of all time.

Zero Dark Thirty depicts the attack on the world trade centre by not visually depicting it at all. The film opens a title card of the famous date after which the screen remains black and the audio track is filled with frightened 911 callers. By resisting the urge to show the famous proverbial “money shot” of the towers crumbling, thereby buying audience sympathy for her manhunters right away, Bigelow and co. demonstrate an even hand that will guide the rest of the narrative. In condensing nearly ten years of international police work, the film makers wisely move quickly through the first few years before slowing events down as the search nears conclusion – the infamous compound assault unfolding in real time. Continue reading →

Episode 12: Zero Dark Thirty, Flight

Zero Dark ThirtyZero Dark Thirty, the dramatisation of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, is our feature review this week along with another new release, Flight, Robert Zemeckis’ first live-action film since Cast Away. The AACTA awards are covered plus new Bluray releases. Also reviewed: 10 Things I Hate About You, Commando, Shane, The Life Of Emile Zola, The Expendables 2.

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