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Review: 12 Angry Men (1957)

Warning: This review may contain traces of spoilers and may have come into contact with spoilers from other movies. A simple plot: 12 jurors are tasked with deciding the fate of a young man convicted of murdering his own father. … Continue reading

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One Paragraph Movie Review: Do the Right Thing (1989)

My god, what a powerful film! Do the Right Thing is Spike Lee’s best film to date, and possibly his most personal one too. The movie is very honest about what it wants to be, which is to say that … Continue reading

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The Dark Knight Rises – Speculations on the Cast, the Story and the Film

With the announcements of Anne Hathaway playing Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy playing Bane, and the casting of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Christopher Nolan’s third and final Batman film, the story has been a subject of much discussion. With no official synopsis … Continue reading

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F.J.’s Show Stealing Performances

I’ve always liked lists of great villains, great heroes, great comedic performances, and the like, but I can never quite put my favourites in a coherent enough order to make such lists myself. So I’ve decided to start my own … Continue reading

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F.J.’s Reactions to the 2011 Oscar Nominations.

The Oscar nominees have been announced, and as always, there are some disappointments and some surprises. I will only be covering a selection of the main categories and nominees, because I really don’t have something to say about everything…but whatever. … Continue reading

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F.J.’s Final Thoughts on the 2011 Golden Globes

It wasn’t a bad awards show. There were very few disappointments, but also few surprises as far as the winners were concerned. A lot of phoneys and wannabe humorists, perhaps inspired by the relentless skewering by host Ricky Gervais. But … Continue reading

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F.J.’s Picks for the 2011 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are tonight, and since the Back Row is holding a contest to see who can correctly guess the winners (and this contest is restricted to people who aren’t contributors to the Back Row), I thought I should … Continue reading

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Tea with F.J.: An Interview With Ottawa’s Colossus Pascal Aka

Not too long ago, I conducted an interview with the Ottawa filmmaker known as Pascal “Colossus” Aka. A former Carleton University student, Pascal proved to his peers that a strong-willed and motivated person can do anything. He made a film … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on the 2011 Golden Globe Nominations

The next Academy Awards will be interesting if the recently released Golden Globe nominations are any indication. The contenders for best motion picture, best actor, best actress, and best director are all quite diverse and I’d say that most of … Continue reading

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Spoiler-Free Review from the Grave: Buried

All the hype, all the praise and the comparisons to the films of Alfred Hitchcock are all well deserved. I saw Buried with a good friend of mine recently, and neither of us had any idea that it was going … Continue reading

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