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Cinephile’s Digest Podcast Episode 20: Blade Runner 2049 and Gerald’s Game

The time has come (cum) for one of our most anticipated releases of the year: “Blade Runner 2049”. We’re joined on this episode by returning guests Paris and Jay to discuss the aforementioned film, as well as the latest Stephen King adaptation, Netflix’s “Gerald’s Game”. We get steadily more intoxicated on “bromosas” as the show goes on, and we also suck at talking into the mics when we’re sharing, so we apologize if it gets a bit quiet from time to time. This is our longest episode ever, so strap in and enjoy.

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The Best Movies of 2013

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Another year, another best-of list. Let me start by saying that 2013 was a truly remarkable year for movies. The films released in the past year are of such an astonishing caliber that making this list proved extremely difficult. Here’s an example to illustrate my point: Jeff Nichols’ film Mud. A fantastic film, one that probably would have been been in my top 5 if it saw a wide release the previous year. Instead, it doesn’t even crack my top 10. That’s a testament to the level of quality we saw this year. Now that I’ve set the stage, here are my definitive best films of 2013. Continue reading

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Only God Forgives (2013)

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Only God Forgives takes the best elements of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, the extraordinary implementation of color saturation and framing with some sexual fetish as a garnish, and merges them with the hyper-violence and revenge fantasy of Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible.  It’s an exercise in style over substance, which seems to be the only thing critics have to say about this film, but who ever said style can’t be a form of substance?

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The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

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The Place Beyond the Pines is ambitious, striving to be an epic generational tale of loss, crime, revenge, but most importantly the intimacy of fatherhood.  There’s an enormous amount of story crammed into its 140-minute running time, and for most of that duration the film is an extraordinary example of American dramatic cinema. Continue reading

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Drive (2011)

Drive is more of a work of art than an action flick.  If you walk into the movie theater expecting exploding cars and an overdose of machismo, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Drive is a tribute to car films with neo-noir style.  It combines excessive violence, film noir and Hollywood spectacle, resulting in possibly the best film of 2011.

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