SideNote: The first scene of “Whiplash”

whiplash_13SideNote: The first scene of “Whiplash”

There are so many things to admire about the film “Whiplash.” The first thing that can come to mind is the career-making performance from J.K. Simmons. The second thing may be the writing. Damien Chazelle’s direction in “Whiplash” is spot on, not just in guiding its pacing, but also in pulling strong performances from his cast.

Even more so than the direction, much admiration can be found in the writing and structure of the film. For the most part “Whiplash” follows the three-act structure closely. Without spoiling any of the film (except for the first five minutes), let’s talk about that first scene.

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Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard of, but should have

Selma Movie (2)Top 10: Upcoming 2014 Films you may have not heard, but should have

Now that all the big summer blockbusters are simmering down, we can begin to settle into the warmth of studios putting their best films on display to garner awards-attention. December is jam-packed this year, and many potentially great movies have yet to even produce a trailer.

What we have put together here is a list of ten films that are either receiving too little advertisement, or no advertisement at all. However, some have been seen at festivals and given strong reviews, and others have a lot of potentially gifted talent both in front of and behind the camera.

So here are our Top 10 Upcoming 2014 Films you may not have heard of, but should of, keep in mind with such little advertisement so close to release, sometimes studios push their films forward into next year, a lot of films on this list could have that happen to them at any given moment.
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Hypothetical Casting: Y – The Last Man

Guerra-Pia-Y-the-Last-ManHypothetical Casting: Y – The Last Man

One of the most beloved comic series of the new millennium, “Y: The Last Man” was slated to be adapted a couple years ago. Unfortunately the last real news report about the project came in January when we learned that New Line Cinema was on the verge of losing the rights to the project unless they were to start production soon.

Originally “Distrubia” director D.J Caruso was slated to direct the project. Comic creator Brian K. Vaughn had written a screenplay that condensed the whole series into one film. Caruso wanted to fight to make it a trilogy given the comic series long length. Honestly, I trust Vaughn, but this series needs more than just one film. Continue reading

Festival Circuit: “Whiplash” wins Sundance’s top prize

600Festival Circuit: “Whiplash” wins Sundance’s top prize

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival announced its awards last night. There were a lot of interesting films at Sundance this year, and many remain highly anticipated (our list of notable Sundance films will be released later this week.) When it comes to Oscar 2015, you always have to consider the Dramatic audience award-winner and this year it’s “Whiplash.”

So what is “Whiplash”? Here’s what you need to know about the Grand Jury Prize (Drama) and Audience Prize award-winning film.

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