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A Week Later: Obligatory 2013 Oscar Nominations Post

Estimated time: 9:05 AM, CST, Thursday morning (January 10, 2013). My cell-phone alarm jolts me awake with a blast of smiley ska-pop, Reel Big Fish’s Average Man, piano chords skipping faster than my heartbeat. I see lavender walls, gravy-gray in … Continue reading

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Three Friends and a Movie

(Foreword: My heart goes out to the victims of the Connecticut shooting. Please send them your empathy, prayers and love. They need it.) Like an Illinois winter, when weeks of unseasonable warmth plummet to sub-zero in an hour, then revert, … Continue reading

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Reappraising Raising Arizona: Why We Revisit Films

FOREWORD: You might be wondering why Check the Reel‘s been so barren. Briefly: I made the transition back to college at the start of September; since then schoolwork and personal life have done their part to keep my online output … Continue reading

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Not the Only Titan: Moving Past the Age of Pixar

Last month the news broke that Pixar was working on Finding Nemo 2. Original Nemo director Andrew Stanton, reported to also helm the sequel, played the usual Hollywood game of denying without denying anything, and though Pixar’s made no official announcement Ellen Degeneres … Continue reading

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Trailer Thrash 4: Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, Rise of the Guardians

Every Saturday, Check the Reel features Trailer Trash, a close look at previews, trailer, and sneak peeks for films not yet released. What does the rest of the year promise for theatres and Netflix accounts? Which are the masterpieces? Which are the … Continue reading

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ParaNorman: What Brave Should Have Been

After The Dark Knight Rises, I told myself, “That’s it for summer.” There was still another month-and-a-half of $200-300 million budget blockbusters to go, from Bourne Legacy to the Total Recall remake, and this weekend it ends with a literal bang as Expendables II rolls into … Continue reading

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