January 2015 | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Oscars 2015 Best Picture Nominee Review #2: BIRDMAN

BIRDMAN is highly ambitious and technically unique, if flawed showbiz satire featuring a career-best performance by Michael Keaton.

Oscars 2015 Best Picture Nominee Review #1: AMERICAN SNIPER

Bradley Cooper and the well-edited combat sequences are top notch, but AMERICAN SNIPER squanders its chance to rise the movie above the mediocrity of a typical biopic formula.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Review: BIG EYES (2014)

4 stars
BIG EYES is a refreshing change of pace for director Tim Burton: a wonderfully offbeat true-story drama about the Keanes and the epic art fraud scandal boosted with great performance by Amy Adams.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

BIRDMAN and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL Lead with 9 Nominations Each for 2015 Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally revealed the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. Both Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's BIRDMAN and Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL lead the pack with 9 Oscar nominations. Here are the selected list of nominations below:

Review: BLACKHAT (2015)

Michael Mann's BLACKHAT works fairly well as a tense action genre, but stumbles a lot with its drab narrative when he tries to go topical about cyber terrorism.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Retrospective: 6 Essential Michael Mann Movies

Retrospective: 6 Essential Michael Mann Movies

Throughout his career spanning three decades as a feature filmmaker, Chicago-born director Michael Mann has made only 10 feature movies. Although a total of ten feature movies may consider a small amount, Mann's works are always unique to look at. His distinctive use of colour (particularly blue), architecture and image of an ocean are some of his signature visual styles often seen in his feature movies. His directorial efforts are diverse, ranging from horror (1983's THE KEEP), historical epic (1992's THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS) to biopic (2001's ALI). However, Mann is often reputed for his creative outputs in the crime genre such as THIEF (1981), MANHUNTER (1986) and HEAT (1995).

In conjunction of his upcoming movie, BLACKHAT arriving this Thursday on January 15, here is a retrospective of six essential feature efforts directed by Michael Mann (in chronological order):

Friday, 9 January 2015

Review: TAKEN 3 (2015)

Despite the worthwhile presences of Liam Neeson and Forest Whitaker, TAKEN 3 is a disappointingly formulaic sequel ruined by Olivier Megaton's insipid direction.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014

I have sat through a lot of awful movies over the past 12 months in 2014. Likewise, here is my list of cinematic turkeys that I have compiled for Top 10 Worst Movies of 2014: