Articles by Barry Wurst II


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THE HAWAII FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2018 LIST

A childhood remembrance, full of wonder, horror and humanity, enthralled the Hawaii Film Critics Society. “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal, vivid and spellbinding film, led the Best of 2018 list, winning six awards, including Best Picture and Director. Also receiving six awards is “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s remarkable directorial debut, including for Best…

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HAWAII FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2018 NOMINEES LIST

The Hawaii Film Critics Society released its list of nominations for their year’s end, Best of 2018 list today. The nominations reveal a selection of the expected awards-favorites, many audience-favorite blockbusters and a handful of genuine surprise picks. Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster music drama, “A Star Is Born,” Ryan Coogler’s Marvel milestone “Black Panther” and Yorgos…

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The Year in Film: 2018

My favorite film of the year has an ending that’s almost identical to my favorite movie from the year before. The final scene in Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” involves a remarkable reunion between two individuals who, both physically and emotionally, have been living separately. In 2017, Denis Villenueve’s “Blade Runner 2049” also concluded with a…

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The Mule

In 2014, an elderly man named Leo Sharp was arrested for being a drug mule. Sharp delivered tons of cocaine, driving cross country for a Mexican drug cartel. After doing this for years, he was caught and served jail time. Sharp was a World War II vet and a celebrated horticulturist. At the time of…

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Ralph Breaks The Internet

At the beginning of “Ralph Breaks The Internet,” the lovable doofus “Wreck It” Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and tiny, sugary-voiced Vanellope (voice by Sarah Silverman) are still best friends and enjoying the simplicity of their lives as video game characters. When the steering wheel attached to Vanellope’s “Sugar Rush” breaks, she and Ralph…

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Green Book

In the 1960’s, Tony Lip, a family man thug (played by Viggo Mortensen),  is hired by Dr. Don Shirley, a jazz pianist (played by Mahershala Ali),  as his driver for a record company-sponsored tour throughout the deep south. Tony is short tempered, none-too-bright and barely conceals his bigotry.  While Dr. Shirley is far more educated…

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Inception

The “look” of dreams is something most movies can’t pull off without resorting to silly touches like fuzzy photography and dancing dwarves. The list of films that convey the visual and logistical nature of dreams with any accuracy is short: they include “Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind”, “Waking Life”, the original “Nightmare on Elm…

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Creed II

The first line spoke in “Creed II” is “You got this.” Its uttered to Adonis Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) by his girlfriend, Bianca (played by Tessa Thompson) before a boxing match and the statement pretty much sums up the movie: overly familiar but confident. While Creed is enjoying his sudden fame and a…

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The Front Runner

The infamous photograph of Senator Gary Hart, sitting on a pier in a Monkey Business shirt with model Donna Rice sitting in his lap, defined not only an election year but Hart’s political career. It summed up the failed presidential candidacy of a man but also provides a telling, cheeky and unintentionally funny snapshot of…

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Widows

Characters in movies can sometimes reveal a layer to themselves based on the kind of pets they have. This is true of real life, too. If you’re looking for a window into the soul, note the kind of animal a person keeps near them for company. In the case of Veronica, the lead of Steve…

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