Posts in category "Movies"

Oscar recap: Lloyd laments

Lloyd: Well it’s over. Time to recap. Time to recoup. Overall, this year’s Oscar production was not so great. I think the best example of this was the fact that the Academy decided to put the Oscar orchestra off site at the Capitol Records building. WTF. Also, who decided that the theme from Jaws was... Read more »

Academy Awards Previews and Predictions

Academy Awards Previews and Predictions
After months of much-hyped redundancies, we’ve reached the one that really matters: the Academy Awards. Well, not reached, but soon, y’know? So, without further ado, welcome to The Chill’s Academy Awards Previews and Predictions. This was a strong year for film. The year featured movies from Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes... Read more »

Reviewing the Oscar nominated animated shorts

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This is the first year I’ve made an effort to see as many Oscar nominated films as possible, and I’m lucky to live so close to a theater that’s playing this year’s Oscar nominated short films. I’ve always enjoyed the shorts that come before certain animated films, but this is the first time I’ve seen... Read more »
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Political games behind the Academy Awards

Political games behind the Academy Awards
Jake: Well, here we are. The final discussion before the Academy Awards next Sunday. We’ve talked a bit about how our choices for the Oscars differ from whom we think will actually win. We’ve also mentioned a few people and movies we felt should have won but didn’t. Do you think there’s a problem with... Read more »

Winning happiness: It Doesn't Exist

My nephew was in town a few weeks ago for my sister’s friend’s bridal shower, and I took on the responsibility of keeping him occupied for long stretches of time at the house while the old people did old people stuff, like have conversations and rest. If I know two things about the little man,... Read more »

Movie Talk: Best Acting, Brave Acting

Movie Talk: Best Acting, Brave Acting
Lloyd: I’ve started watching Netflix’s House of Cards, an original series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The first two episodes are directed by David Fincher, and the show is altogether amazing. I hope you get to see it sometime (worth a one month’s free trial just to watch). Back on track, let’s talk about... Read more »
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Movie Talk: Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, and the Best Directors

Movie Talk: Silver Linings Playbook, Amour, and the Best Directors
Jake: Tell me, Roid. What makes Silver Linings Playbook so good? Lloyd: Roid? Jake, please. So I remember seeing the trailer for SLP, and thought, “eh”. Admittedly, I didn’t realize at the time it was a David O. Russell film, nor did I realize how superb Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are at acting. I... Read more »

Movie Talk: The Oscars, TV, and "Serious Movies"

Movie Talk: The Oscars, TV, and "Serious Movies"
Lloyd Lee is a gentleman and a scholar. You should see his socks. This is the first in an ongoing series of movie conversations with Lloyd. Lloyd: Jake, how are you? Have you seen any movies recently—or perhaps films? I say films since I know Paul Thomas Anderson and Steven Spielberg shot their latest films... Read more »