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The Monuments Men: Some Art Can’t Be Saved

The Monuments Men

It has been said that art is the cornerstone of civilization, an integral thread in the tapestry that makes up our cultural heritage, a defining piece of the puzzle that defines not only society, but also humanity at large. As I reflect on The Monuments Men, a film about the preservation of art during the second World War, I’m reminded of a George Bernard Shaw quote: ‘Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.’ World War II was a horrific affair, bringing to life the harsh reality that truly does make the world unbearable at times, and the idea of art as a safeguard against the often ugly nature of the world rings true. With The Monuments Men, director George Clooney attempts to instill in the viewer a sense of wonder about the ‘old masters’ of art, and a belief that the preservation of art, and thus the preservation of culture and civilization, is paramount even to the value of human life. Thought gifted with a brilliant premise and a cast that looks encouraging on paper, Clooney’s vision never quite takes off. Sadly, we’re instead left with a film that is dead on arrival. Read the rest of this entry »

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards Predictions

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Oooh boy. As we approach the 86th Annual Academy Awards, I feel much less confident in my choices than I did last year. Why? Many of the categories feel very crowded, with stiff competition amongst a field high high-calibre talent. That said, I’ve seen a lot of films in 2013, and I’ve been keeping my eye on the buzz, and I think I have my predictions nailed down. So… who will win? Who got snubbed? I’ve got the answers!

…aaaaaand, unlike last year, I won’t recommend you put any money down in your office pool based on my predictions. These races are by and large too close to comfortably call!

 

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