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Citizenfour (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy “We are building the biggest weapon for oppression in the history of mankind.” I wish I could tell you this quotation is from the newest dystopian science fiction blockbuster about to hit the big screen, but, unfortunately, this alarming excerpt is the all too truthful and ominous warning given to us by […]

Amateur Cinephile 2015 Oscar Predictions

As the Academy Awards are about to be announced, we thought it would fun to put together a prediction post for a few of the major awards of the evening. Best Picture:       Jarrett                Jason                Michelle Best Director: Jarrett (Linklater) Jason (Linklater) Michelle (Linklater) Best Actor: Jarrett (Redmayne) Jason (Keaton) Michelle (Carell) Best Actress: […]

Movie Hall of Fame–CLASS OF 2015!!

List by-Jarrett Leahy Happy Oscars Eve! As we get closer to tomorrow night’s show, it’s time once again to announce this year’s class of Amateur Cinephile Hall of Fame. Of all the sections of the site, the Hall of Fame is the most personal and fun for me. This is where I let out my […]

Selma (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy During the civil rights struggles of the 1960’s, there was no bigger name than Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A man of faith who preached nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, King’s dedication to the furtherance of African-American rights has yet to be surpassed. Set during the spring of 1965, Dr. King, […]

2014 Top 10 Films

List by-Jarrett Leahy Another year in movies has come and gone, and with award season in full swing, it’s time to finally choose my Top 10 Films for 2014. For many movie fans/cinephiles, creating an end-of-year Best Of List is a diverting event in which hours are spent agonizing over which movies are worthy of […]

Big Eyes (2014)

Review by-Jarrett Leahy Based on a true story, Big Eyes is the intriguing tale of painter Margaret Keane, an artist whose uniquely styled portraits became extremely popular during the 1960’s despite being derided by much of the art establishment as “hack work.” However, instead of this being a time of great joy, Margaret’s life becomes […]

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]