Varun Bhucar


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Sprint the marathon: a look toward the Oscars

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not weather-wise, of course. I’m talking about awards season. Although the Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards are already behind us, an abundance of other awards shows in February and March — the Grammy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Golden Raspberry Awards and, of course, the Academy Awards — are reason enough to huddle inside with hot chocolate, popcorn and a mock-up ballot sheet.


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Jonze’s ‘Her’ is love at first gigabyte

One of my favorite fun facts is that Spike Jonze, director of movies that your friend tells you will “totally blow your mind, man,” is co-creator of the television show “Jackass.” (Yes, that “Jackass.”) Yet beneath the ball-smashing, sadistic humor, there is a veneer of genius to “Jackass.” It is the post modern answer to vaudevillian slapstick humor, as only the 21st century could do it — as loud and outrageous as possible. Jonze has already demonstrated his genius by subtly subverting and reworking classic television and film tropes, but he achieves legendary status with “Her” (2013), his latest effort. To put it bluntly, “Her” is the best movie I have seen in a long, long time.


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Film reminds audience of legacy of slavery and race

Last year, Quentin Tarantino tackled American slavery with the subtlety of a bull in a China shop with his revenge epic, “Django Unchained.” While the film was a critical and commercial success, there was a loud contingent that attacked Tarantino for treating slavery and its implications with such irreverence.