Summer Movie Preview

by Jordan Ruimy This is the third year I’ve been doing the Sumer Movie Preview for Awardsdaily and it seems like every year the quality only diminishes. Think about it, most of the big name blockbusters that will rake up all the money in the world this summer are either based on...

Two Films not to Miss: Grand Budapest Hotel and Under the Skin

This isn’t Oscar season, pure and simple. When is the last time a movie came out in the spring and won Best Picture? “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991? The best thing I’ve seen this year -small or big screen- was HBO’s True Detective and I rather doubt these...

From Captain Phillips – Barkhad Abdi, one of the Year’s Standouts

Khat Ban is a herb that has been part of Somalian tradition for hundreds of years. It is a chewed upon Amphetmaine-like substance that causes excitement and euphoria. In Peter Greengrass’ riveting “Captain Phillips”, the pirates that are about to take over...

For Your Consideration: Greta Gerwig and Matthew McConaughey

The summer movie season heats up with two great performances in two very solid indies. Greta Gerwig in ‘Frances Ha’ and Matthew McConaughey in “Mud’. Finally, something to cheer about in a summer movie season lacking in ambitious thought. In Noah...

Jordan’s 12 movies to pump you up for Summer 2013

For most cinephiles that look for substance and signs of life in movies, summer is not the ideal movie season. It is a movie season filled with bombastic, popcorn entertainment aimed at horny, action-loving teenagers -and quite a few adults too. You want proof? Adam Sandler and...

Soderbergh’s Side Effects, His Last?

Steven Soderbergh’s filmography reads like a true cinematic almanac of the past 20 years. Landmark stuff such as “Traffic”, “Out Of Sight”, “Sex, Lies And Videotape”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, “The Limey” and “Erin Brokovich” have given the enigmatic director a truly unique...

The Case for: Looper

by Jordan Ruimy One thing you first notice in Rian Johnson’s Looper is how it builds up its sense of dread with each successive, tension-filled scene. Nobody is safe here. The plot only builds up as layer after layer is revealed until the film’s final shot. It’s...

The Contenders: Marley

Bob Marley’s life is very well known inside and out but Oscar winning Documentary filmmaker Kevin Macdonald’s “Marley” thinks otherwise and has enough surprises in it filled with haunting revelations to make it a real stunner. It helps that Macdonald uses...

The Contenders: The Sessions

It doesn’t take much to give in and enjoy Ben Lewin’s fascinating “The Sessions”. Based on the true story of California based poet and writer Mark O’Brien, the film deals with O’Brien’s struggle with Polio and being forced to use an iron...

The Contenders: Brave

Sure, it might not be as good as past Pixar fare and sure, it follows a more traditional narrative structure and yes, it just didn’t meet critical expectations BUT don’t -and I repeat- DON’T discount Pixar’s “Brave” as nothing but filler in the...