Over/Under Movies Episode 8: Independence Day and They Live

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In this episode of Over/Under Movies, Mike and Ege talk about the importance of using practical effects to elevate the terrible storytelling in Independence Day while Karim tells us his story of being brought up as the Fresh Prince of Wimbledon.

Mike and Ege also try to find a suitable cast for a remake of They Live while Karim warns us about the Lizard People who will surely doom us all into a life inside The Matrix.

As usual, please grace us with your comments and let us know how we’re doing.

http://overundermovies.podomatic.com/entry/2013-07-02T17_22_38-07_00

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Over/Under Movies Episode 6: Lost in Translation and The Weather Man

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Hi Everyone,

This is the 6th episode of our Over/Under Movies Podcast, where we take one overrated and one under appreciated film and analyze them.

This episode’s overrated film is Lost in Translation:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335266/?ref_=sr_1

The underrated film is The Weather Man:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384680/?ref_=sr_3

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Over/Under Movies Episode 5: Beasts of The Southern Wild and This is England

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Hi Everyone,

Presenting the new episode of our Over/Under Movies podcast where we pick one overrated film and one under appreciated film and we analyze them.

This week’s films are:

Beasts of The Southern Wild for overrated:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/?ref_=sr_1

This is England for under appreciated:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480025/?ref_=sr_1

We would love to hear your feedback so please give us some comments below.

If you have any ideas for overrated or under appreciated films, please let us know as well, we might pick it for one of the following episodes.

 

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Oktay Ege Kozak

OVER/UNDER MOVIES EPISODE 4: LIMITLESS AND SECONDS

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Hi Movie Lovers and Everyone Else!

Here’s the fourth episode of our Over/Under Movies podcast, where our film panel chooses one overrated and one under-appreciated film and discuss them in great detail.

This episode’s theme is “Second Chance at Life” Movies.

The overrated film is Limitless (2011):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1219289/

The under-appreciated film is Seconds (1966):

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060955/

 

We get around 50-100 downloads per episode, which is very encouraging. But please, please, please give us some comments and feedback at the bottom of this page.

 

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Oktay Ege Kozak

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: PREDICTIONS, COMMENTS AND SOME BITCHING

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It’s off to the races once again. Academy Award nominations have been announced and here are some of my comments and predictions:

Best Picture:

I believe Argo is going to win. It’s going up against another, more dry but equally as pulse pounding-political thriller Zero Dark Thirty. As impeccably made Zero Dark Thirty was, it has two things going against it. First is the controversy surrounding the picture regarding torture, which is made by a bunch of people who haven’t even seen the film. If they had, they’d see that argument is overblown. Second, and more important, The Hurt Locker already won a couple of years ago and it’s quite simply Ben Affleck’s turn.

Life of Pi is a sweet and life-affirming film, the kind that Oscar loves, but the ending might not have sat too well with the atheist or agnostic members of The Academy, the way it didn’t with me. Argo provides political and artistic credibility, as well as an exciting and thrilling movie.

Best Actor:

I wish Joaquin Phoenix would win for his mesmerizing performance inĀ  The Master. Like many, I never really liked his public persona but you have to separate the person from the work. But his usual brain farts, this time taking a dump on The Oscars, might have hurt his chance. I believe in the case, Daniel Day-Lewis will nab his third Oscar, he’ll deserve it too.

Best Actress:

Jennifer Lawrence was the heart and soul of the excellent Silver Linings Playbook. She was obviously too young for the role, but never telegraphed that fact for one second of running time. However, if Driving Miss Daisy taught us one thing, Oscar loves giving one last nod to the aging greats. I think this time it will go to Emanuelle Riva.

Best Supporting Actor:

I was hoping Alan Arkin would get a nomination for his portrayal of a fictional, exuberant and pompous producer in Argo and he did. But he got his turn with Little Miss Sunshine. This is a very strong list of actors and every one of them deserves it. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Christoph Waltz. But I believe it will go to Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln, he was responsible for keeping the audience awake with his boisterous performance.

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Field is going to win. The line-up is not very strong and she was the energetic flip to Day-Lewis’ stoic Lincoln. She fought for that role, even though she was too old for the part, and you can tell she gave it her all and more.

Best Directing:

I believe this will be the category where Life of Pi will get some recognition. No matter what my personal feelings of the story are, Ang Lee delivered a powerful piece of entertainment.

Best Writing:

For Written directly for the screen, I think Tarantino will win for his excellent blend of historical fact and pure bloody exploitation entertainment. For Material previously published, I think Argo will win.

Best Animated Feature:

As good as it was, Brave wasn’t up to Pixar’s very high standards. It grew on me more on a second viewing. I hope it will win, yet Paranorman might prove to be the triumphant underdog. It did win our Online Film Critics Society award over Brave.

Best Foreign Language Film:

Haneke’s Amour, all the way.

Best Cinematography:

Another obvious pick. The name cinematography should be changed to something else since a lot of films are being shot digitally now. Life of Pi is an example of that, and I think it should win as the most beautiful looking film of the year by a long margin.

Best Editing:

Argo deserves it and I think will win, if only for the way the heart stopping finale was put together.

Best Production Design:

Les Miserables will win since it’s a giant classic Hollywood spectacle with showy sets.

Best Costume Design:

Les Miserables again.

Best Make-up:

I think the Hobbit will win.

Best Music:

None of the scores really stood out for me this year. Life of Pi had the most soulful and beautiful score and fit the film perfectly, and I think it will win.

Best Song:

Usually a musical adaptation will win, so Les Miserables again.

Best Sound:

Sound Mixing, Life of Pi. Sound Editing, Zero Dark Thirty for the final raid scene.

Best Visual Effects:

Life of Pi once more, Academy usually favors creative uses of special effects over more obvious action-adventure picks like The Avengers.

Best Documentary:

The best documentary of the year, Central Park Five wasn’t even nominated!? What the hell is this!? Ugh, The Gatekeepers will win as the critical favorite. For Documentary Short, I have no idea. Kings Point?

Best Short Films:

Randomly picked: Paperman for Animated, Curfew for Live-Action.

The Complete List of Nominations can be found at:

http://www.imdb.com/oscars/nominations/