February 2013

Some honorable mentions that didn’t quite clear the quality bar included Holes, The Indian in the Cupboard, Watership Down, Stuart Little, Where the Red Fern Grows, Little Red Riding Hood, Bridge to Terabithia, Winnie the Pooh (2011), Horton Hears a Who, Coraline, Curious George (2006), How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Charlotte’s Web, and Hook (Peter Pan deserves better).

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2013 KC Oscar Party Wrap Up

by Eric Melin on February 25, 2013

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Check out the pictures and tweets from the 2013 KC Oscar Party from the people who were there — as it happened last night:

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Kill For Me devolves into a series of twists, each more inexplicable and illogical than the last, as Hailey’s true motives become harder to discern as she goes to extreme lengths to blackmail her roommate and lover into helping Hailey seduce and kill her abusive father

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‘Snitch’ is a character study that’s short on action and a treatise whose true purpose is to lecture the audience on the the evils of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug-related crimes.

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Eric, Trey and Trevan get together to talk about the 2013 Oscar Party at the Screenland Amour this Sunday and offer up their picks for all the major categories.

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This past Friday at The Midland Theatre in Kansas City, I hosted a Walking Dead live Q&A with actors Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Lauren Cohen, and producer/director/makeup legend Greg Nicotero. It was an absolute blast and the sold-out crowd went nuts for the talent behind this boundary-pushing TV show. I had a great time onstage and was especially happy to report what down-to-earth, awesome people they all were offstage as well.

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John McClane returns for a tired adventure in Mother Russia.

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This is your chance to see Hollywood’s best and worst dressed, watch the Academy Awards broadcast on the big screen with a bunch of other film nerds, drink to your heart’s content, and try to best the rest of KC by picking the most winners correctly on your ballot!

It’s also your chance to win TONS of free prizes!

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Ivan’s Childhood was Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky’s first feature-length film. A poetic journey through the life of a young child scarred by war, the film has only grown in stature since its 1962 release, with filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman and Krzysztof Kieślowski naming it as a prime influences on their work.

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The five of us sipped a delicious rye-bourbon blend called Son of Bourye, one that’s made in-house by High West, and discussed some of the practical realities of making The Moo Man, and what we all considered the film’s message to be.

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A Good Day to Die Hard is released Friday in the theaters, which means that the wisecracking John McClane, a character that made Bruce Willis a true movie star and action icon way back in 1988, is back in his fifth feature film.

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Eric Melin on the KCTV5 It’s Your Morning show talking with Alexis del Cid about Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects and Michael Haneke’s multiple-Oscar nominee Amour.

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As someone who felt sentenced to high school, the series reminds me of why I hated it and how my decision making wasn’t that great back then. I won’t say that you’ll see yourself in Freaks and Geeks because everyone’s high school experience is different. Instead, I’ll say the world in the series is consistently dynamic and believable as 1980 Detroit.

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Trevan and Eric work through Amour, Side Effects, Identity Thief and Warm Bodies while Trey sweats it out boating in some tropical paradise.

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The credit for the warm undertones beneath the anguish should go to Haneke’s extraordinary actors, whose own life experience is on display here. It is key to the movie’s success that the upperclass Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) have a rich past together, especially since only glimpses of it are actually referred to in Haneke’s efficient, clear-eyed screenplay. It is this economy of theme paired with the subtle richness of character that make Amour so powerful.

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