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the BOXTROLLS opening in MEXICO CITY september 12th, 2014

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2 2 - J U M P - S T R E E T
2014.phil LORD & chris MILLER
4.0/5.0
an electrifying, entertaining, exciting picture that builds up on the first movie and delivers joke after joke and laugh after laugh while weaving a complex setting of characters and situations that ultimately pay off in an intense climatic ending.

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2014.phil LORD & chris MILLER

4.0/5.0

an electrifying, entertaining, exciting picture that builds up on the first movie and delivers joke after joke and laugh after laugh while weaving a complex setting of characters and situations that ultimately pay off in an intense climatic ending.

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L U C Y
2014.luc BESSON
3.0/5.0
with a very unconventional montague this film blends well science fiction with well edited action scenes but works wonders thanks to an amazing performance by SCARLETT JOHANSSON.

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L U C Y

2014.luc BESSON

3.0/5.0

with a very unconventional montague this film blends well science fiction with well edited action scenes but works wonders thanks to an amazing performance by SCARLETT JOHANSSON.

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2012.felix VAN GROENINGEN
4.0/5.0
heart breaking, heart crunching, heart drowning and yet not as melodramatic as the topic might ask for but it is undeniable that this very tragic film would not work without the amazing acting and the great music that captures the raw emotion.

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2012.felix VAN GROENINGEN

4.0/5.0

heart breaking, heart crunching, heart drowning and yet not as melodramatic as the topic might ask for but it is undeniable that this very tragic film would not work without the amazing acting and the great music that captures the raw emotion.

T U E S D A Y - T O P - T E N

-ranking the ten MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE films from best to worst-

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1. THOR : THE DARK WORLD [2013.alan TAYLOR]

absolutely hilarious, a fresh, light take on a movie that could have taken itself too seriously; HEMSWORTH, HIDDLESTON play that sibling rivalry with such ease that they are more than a pleasure to watch.

with actors more comfortable in their roles the chemistry between them does show more often and brighter; the silly details in this plot are lost between “comedic sketches” that underline sometimes its silliness.

2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014.james GUNN]

fresh, fun and featuring some great sights and sounds but the story is either too complicated or overtly simple, the twists and the turns the plot makes are either too easy or too hard to follow.

however the charismatic actors charm their way into our hearts and remind us of those 80s great adventure family movies that even if silly works wonders watch after watch.

3. CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE WINTER SOLDIER [2014.anthony & joe RUSSO]

pleasantly surprised and positively shocked the low expectations i had had little to do with the fact that this film’s script focus on politics’ conspiracies and corruption makes for a thrilling experience with many great action set pieces that are well balanced with the dialogue driven drama.

best use of the SHIELD “brand” so far, both SAMUEL L JACKSON & SCARLETT JOHANSSON finally shine brighter than ever while working well with and not stealing the spotlight too much from CHRIS EVANS’ CAPTAIN AMERICA.

4. IRON-MAN 3 [2013.shane BLACK]

without a doubt it is very entertaining but what else should we expect from an outstandingly made industrial product?

positively pleased by the twist involving the villain even if it is a somehow cheap trick but considering almost every other villain in this universe so far at least we had one that stole some of the spotlight.

5. IRON-MAN [2008.jon FAVREAU]

while this film focuses in redefining many cliches and most conventions in super hero origin stories it forgot to do so without using as many non-shocking plot turns and non-surprising twists.

even if it is, in my mind, very formulaic ROBERT DOWNEY JR’s magnetic performance as the titled character truly deserves the great praise it gets and the entire franchise still relies hard on his persona.

6. IRON-MAN 2 [2010.jon FAVREAU]

an enjoyable and entertaining film with somehow good action sequences and funny, witty dialogue; the movie wouldn’t work without a somehow good performance by ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

i still do not get why this film was so bad received, i get it is not as strong story wise as the first movie and i did get distracted by what i call the MARVEL product placement but the set pieces are good.

7. CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE FIRST AVENGER [2011.joe JOHNSTON]

with close-to-outstanding production design and almost-perfect production values this film might feature a much better performance by CHRIS EVANS [most helped by the CGI skinnier version of himself] but fails to succeed as anything further than a small piece of a larger puzzle; filled with cheesy line and full with cliched scenes it is the sometimes slow pace and the worst than weird somehow senseless structure that when added to the strange editing makes clear that the movie was too big to work with so many cooks.

it is an unnecessary complicated film that stumbles more and more as it goes along while adding more and more details to build its franchise’s universe.

8. the AVENGERS [2012.joss WHEDON]

such an old-fashioned film filled with cliche; it is a very long yet somehow uneventful picture that goes too far trying to please many and most so it ends up unfortunately underwhelming.

i could never got past the fact that we had to spent the first hour of this film “rewatching” what we have had to watch in five other films followed by a way too shocking death [that then the tv show undid].

9. the INCREDIBLE HULK [2008.louis LETERRIER]

at least it is fast paced and does not spend much time explaining what is up with HULK’s physiology but the level of entertainment it could have given falls very far.

at least it does not cross the crazy, caricature not-that-thin line that other many comic books based films do.

10. THOR [2011.kenneth BRANAGH]

much better after a second watch once you get past the shock of how irrelevant and unnecessary everything seems to be; however this film has aged horribly in just four years because of its cheap CGI visual effects.

it is weird that this film bottoms the list when its sequel tops it but the tone was never right for me, i feel that this film is a cartoon that takes itself way more seriously than they should.

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G R A N D - P I A N O
2013.eugenio MIRA
4.0/5.0
even if it is gimmicky it is a very tense, very thrilling picture that with a simple story and a very resourceful hand behind the camera makes for an exciting picture that never seizes to impress.

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2013.eugenio MIRA

4.0/5.0

even if it is gimmicky it is a very tense, very thrilling picture that with a simple story and a very resourceful hand behind the camera makes for an exciting picture that never seizes to impress.

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T U E S D A Y - T O P - T E N [more like top eight]

-ranking the eight PLANET OF THE APES movies from best to worst-

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1. PLANET OF THE APES [1968.franklyn j SCHAFFNER]

great ideas on paper and behind the camera that could have been portrayed like a caricature but instead thanks to many great risky choices [like that chase sequence without dialogue] and its patient telling of the whole story the many twists and turns are always exciting if not at least very entertaining.

a fresh start to one of the most interesting and most intriguing science fiction sagas that sets the very simple premise  of man vs ape but managing to always be critical of mankind’s sociopolitical issues.

2. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [2014.matt REEVES]

a very good follow up to that 2011 film that homages and references the original saga in more ways that one while managing to craft a complex universe and dig deeper into the common sociopolitical themes that great science fiction should.

this is one of those rare second parts and sequels that manages to exceed expectations while paying tribute to the old and original plus building on the new reboot film series. 

3. CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [1972.j lee THOMPSON]

film number four in this series and they still turn everything 180°; set in an incredibly dystopian society this film is a carefully crafted picture that raises stakes higher while managing to be a well fitted puzzle piece within this saga.

great ideas presented in a very bold way, this film might lack subtlety but it is the key piece in the explaining of the origin of the titled planet and an unexpected twist within this saga.

4. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES [2011.rupert WYATT]

a well made film that never seizes to amaze and never stops surprising, featuring the CGI performance of a lifetime by ANDY SERKIS and the best case of visual storytelling in a while..

while it fails to open with the bang that most movies in this saga do it does build some great momentum and delivers a climatic ending followed by a hinting cliffhanger of what is to come.

5. PLANET OF THE APES [2001.tim BURTON]

some good ideas but the ending does take a lot of the attention away from the good production design, however many of the choices by director and writers are more than questionable.

i can see where some of the ideas came from and i can see also the merit in most of them but the ending/epilogue truly raises many questions in the worst of ways.

6. ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES [1971.don TAYLOR]

they somehow managed to continue this franchise after the catastrophe that was the last one; this film takes a 180° turn and deliver a picture with weak sociopolitical commentary but a good enough pace to keep you guessing.

it opens great while managing to answer the tough question “what just happened?” to the catastrophic end of its predecessor; it is quite good to see them try to deliver a political thriller that even if it does make sense it falls short.

7. BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES [1973.j lee THOMPSON]

the final piece in the series’ puzzle has a positive and positively puzzling end that left many wondering if things did or did not change; as well crafted as the other films this does not feel as closely special as the others.

as a last film in a saga this film does give you some closure but fails to be anything else than a compilation of ideas from the other four films that could not work before.

8. BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES [1970.ted POST]

crazy ideas that might be way too out there but at least the end is so gutsy, shocking and surprising that once you get past the confusion you can appreciate its silliness.

this is not a remake of the first movie even if everything seems to be almost the same with the exception of that very crazy final act that included nuclear warfare and psychic powers.

RIP RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH [1923-2014]

RIP RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH [1923-2014]

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
predicting the winners for…
outstanding D R A M A series
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W I L L win
BREAKING BAD
it took some time but last year EMMY finally chose this show but their tally of nominations grew this year which means there is still a lot of support.
the SOPRANOS is the only show to have win for their last season but it is very likely BREAKING BAD will join that club.
this show wrapped up almost a year ago but the media is still buzzing which helps their chances greatly.
C O U L D win
TRUE DETECTIVE
the new hot show in town was praised by audiences and critics alike back in winter and the rise of MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY sure helped.
it is as outstanding as BREAKING BAD so if EMMY chooses to award the new show it would not surprise any one.
S H O U L D win
BREAKING BAD
a great show that had a great final season, much better than the average tv series.
it is a deserving prize for the series that never stopped shocking us and surprising us with unexpected turns and twists.
the raw nature of this show always made for a visceral experience that kept breaking your heart and blowing your mind week after week.
i W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]
1. BREAKING BAD
2. HOUSE OF CARDS
3. TRUE DETECTIVE
4. MAD MEN
5. GAME OF THRONES
6. DOWNTON ABBEY

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

predicting the winners for…

outstanding D R A M A series

.

W I L L win

BREAKING BAD

it took some time but last year EMMY finally chose this show but their tally of nominations grew this year which means there is still a lot of support.

the SOPRANOS is the only show to have win for their last season but it is very likely BREAKING BAD will join that club.

this show wrapped up almost a year ago but the media is still buzzing which helps their chances greatly.

C O U L D win

TRUE DETECTIVE

the new hot show in town was praised by audiences and critics alike back in winter and the rise of MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY sure helped.

it is as outstanding as BREAKING BAD so if EMMY chooses to award the new show it would not surprise any one.

S H O U L D win

BREAKING BAD

a great show that had a great final season, much better than the average tv series.

it is a deserving prize for the series that never stopped shocking us and surprising us with unexpected turns and twists.

the raw nature of this show always made for a visceral experience that kept breaking your heart and blowing your mind week after week.

W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]

1. BREAKING BAD

2. HOUSE OF CARDS

3. TRUE DETECTIVE

4. MAD MEN

5. GAME OF THRONES

6. DOWNTON ABBEY

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
predicting the winners for…
outstanding T V - M O V I E
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W I L L win
the NORMAL HEART
after last year’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA this time HBO premieres another picture that deserves a spot at a movie theater.
not as great as last year’s offering but still a passionate and powerful project that made many waves within the industry.
C O U L D win
SHERLOCK
this show even if it is not big competition for the NORMAL HEART has become his own worst enemy.
it is a three episode miniseries that submits just one episode therefore failing to tell the whole story.
S H O U L D win
the NORMAL HEART
for a RYAN MURPHY film it is quite simple and subtle which helps a lot portraying the harsh times the characters were living.
the acting is the best thing within this film but they could not be as great without the strong script and the somehow restrained directing.
i W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]
1. the NORMAL HEART
2. SHERLOCK
i have not yet seen and therefore i abstain to place in my rankings
KILLING KENNEDY
MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT
the TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

predicting the winners for…

outstanding T V - M O V I E

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W I L L win

the NORMAL HEART

after last year’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA this time HBO premieres another picture that deserves a spot at a movie theater.

not as great as last year’s offering but still a passionate and powerful project that made many waves within the industry.

C O U L D win

SHERLOCK

this show even if it is not big competition for the NORMAL HEART has become his own worst enemy.

it is a three episode miniseries that submits just one episode therefore failing to tell the whole story.

S H O U L D win

the NORMAL HEART

for a RYAN MURPHY film it is quite simple and subtle which helps a lot portraying the harsh times the characters were living.

the acting is the best thing within this film but they could not be as great without the strong script and the somehow restrained directing.

W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]

1. the NORMAL HEART

2. SHERLOCK

i have not yet seen and therefore i abstain to place in my rankings

KILLING KENNEDY

MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

the TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
predicting the winners for…
outstanding M I N I S E R I E S
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W I L L win
FARGO
their tally of nominations speak very well for this show and the buzz is still high.
with key and many nominations for acting, directing and writing it shows the across-the-board support that could translate into a win.
C O U L D win
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
nominated three years in a row this show is clearly a well respected series.
they got key nominations in directing and writing for the first time which means their chances are getting better.
S H O U L D win
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
since i do not watch any other shows nominated here it is an easy choice but after three seasons this has been their strongest yet.
more focused than in the past the craftmanship is still outstanding and the fact that the female acting was under the spotlight more than ever made everything better.
i W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]
1. AMERICAN HORROR STORY
i have not yet seen and therefore i abstain to place in my rankings
BONNIE & CLYDE
FARGO
LUTHER
TREME
the WHITE QUEEN

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

predicting the winners for…

outstanding M I N I S E R I E S

.

W I L L win

FARGO

their tally of nominations speak very well for this show and the buzz is still high.

with key and many nominations for acting, directing and writing it shows the across-the-board support that could translate into a win.

C O U L D win

AMERICAN HORROR STORY

nominated three years in a row this show is clearly a well respected series.

they got key nominations in directing and writing for the first time which means their chances are getting better.

S H O U L D win

AMERICAN HORROR STORY

since i do not watch any other shows nominated here it is an easy choice but after three seasons this has been their strongest yet.

more focused than in the past the craftmanship is still outstanding and the fact that the female acting was under the spotlight more than ever made everything better.

W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]

1. AMERICAN HORROR STORY

i have not yet seen and therefore i abstain to place in my rankings

BONNIE & CLYDE

FARGO

LUTHER

TREME

the WHITE QUEEN

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS
predicting the winners for…
outstanding C O M E D Y series
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W I L L win
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
after four consecutive wins for MODERN FAMILY it is quite hard that this show ties FRASIER for most wins specially now that it faces tough competition.
that competition is hot new fresh show ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, originally intended to be submitted as a drama it was a very smart move to submit the dramedy here.
strong support across the board could easily translate into NETFLIX’s first major win.
C O U L D win
VEEP
just like BREAKING BAD this show keeps gaining momentum and their nomination tally grows bigger and bigger year after year.
if voters find ORANGE too dramatic or not comedic enough they could choose the smart more sophisticated series that is still as funny 
S H O U L D win
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
this show does wonders portraying social issues that are hard to talk, and hardly talked about.
the acting is outstanding and the craftmanship does not fall hard behind 
i W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]
1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
2. SILICON VALLEY
3. VEEP
4. LOUIE
5. the BIG BANG THEORY
6. MODERN FAMILY

66TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

predicting the winners for…

outstanding C O M E D Y series

.

W I L L win

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

after four consecutive wins for MODERN FAMILY it is quite hard that this show ties FRASIER for most wins specially now that it faces tough competition.

that competition is hot new fresh show ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, originally intended to be submitted as a drama it was a very smart move to submit the dramedy here.

strong support across the board could easily translate into NETFLIX’s first major win.

C O U L D win

VEEP

just like BREAKING BAD this show keeps gaining momentum and their nomination tally grows bigger and bigger year after year.

if voters find ORANGE too dramatic or not comedic enough they could choose the smart more sophisticated series that is still as funny 

S H O U L D win

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

this show does wonders portraying social issues that are hard to talk, and hardly talked about.

the acting is outstanding and the craftmanship does not fall hard behind 

W O U L D vote for [aka my rankings]

1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

2. SILICON VALLEY

3. VEEP

4. LOUIE

5. the BIG BANG THEORY

6. MODERN FAMILY