Mamo #342: MamOscar 2014

Oscars 2014! This omnibus episode stitches together all 9 of the minisodes from last night’s Oscar telecast. Ellen, Slave, Gravity, selfies, Blanchett, McConnaughey, Hustle, Menzel, Midler, Minelli, the pizza guy and much, much more!

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Mamo #336: It’s An Honour Just Being Mamo

It’s Mamo Christmas! The Oscar Nominations for 2013 are announced and as usual, there’s a whole lot of people who could’ve sworn “merit” was going to enter into this somewhere. Mamo discusses.

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Mamo #334: Twenty Fourteen

After a three-week food-and-blackout-fueled hiatus, Mamo returns! It’s the first week of 2014 which means, naturally, it’s time to close up shop on 2013 with our picks for the best films of the year. We also get in deep on the relative merits of Twelve Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, wax philosophical on whether films can ever truly be “numbered,” and give some thought to Her and the state of science fiction.

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My Movie Moments of 2013

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Though I didn’t keep very good track throughout the past 12 months, I think I’ve cobbled together some of my favourite moments from 2013’s films as well as some older movies I saw for the first time. So here’s a random walk through them…

 

2013 films:

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  • Best spine-tingling, goose-bump raising moment of the year: Merry Clayton’s rendition of “Southern Man” in Twenty Feet From Stardom. You can almost feel the spittle as she tears into the song while her backup band shreds it.
  • The joy of playing music when you’re young in We Are The Best! and Metalhead.
  • Mark Ruffalo’s music producer imagining the instruments and arrangement backing up a solo acoustic performance in Can A Song Save Your Life?.
  • “Who starts a song like that?” – Christian Bale’s American Hustle hustler talking about “Jeep’s Blues” by Duke Ellington.
  • “Five Hundred Miles” performed in Inside Llewyn Davis.
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  • The red waterfalls in Byzantium and Neighboring Sounds – one a recurring motif reflecting the “birth” of a vampire and the other a shocking sudden foreshadowing.
  • The effective use of colour in Stoker.
  • The bright colours in Only God Forgives and Trance.
  • All those gorgeous sunsets in Spring Breakers.
  • The opening shot of billows of dirty water cascading down like an avalanche in Watermark.

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Hey Man, Nice Shot (2013)

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Today, we begin wrapping up 2013 by returning to an annual tradition originally posted over at The Matinee. It occurred to me some time ago that when you think back on a film, sometimes you think about one solitary image. When you bring those images together, it turns into a neat little tapestry of the year on the whole.

The idea started back in 2010, and continued through 2011 and 2012.

Decide amongst yourselves what it means that I have been choosing more and more images as the years have gone on.

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Friday One Sheet: American Hustle

In terms of glossy Hollyood genre fare that screams “Let’s just put on a goddamn show!” The fall film to beat is Ridley Scott’s The Counselor. But the dark horse is most certainly David O. Russell’s equally star studded heist drama American Hustle. Annapurna and their distributor Columbia (Sony) Pictures have put out some high-photoshop but still damn sexy showcases of their great looking cast in swanky period attire. Clean, simple, glamorous. I offer Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence above, but the rest of them are tucked under the seat.

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