Author Archives : Jovanni Ibarra

Filmmaker Friday: Steven Spielberg


Hi y’all! We at Reel People, Real Reviews are starting a new weekly series titled ‘Filmmaker Friday’ where one of our writers highlights a filmmaker – past or present – and talks a bit about them. Topics will range from their previous work, upcoming work, impact and influence they’ve had on the industry or on the writer personally, and all…

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Indie Film Spotlight: “The Invitation”


Welcome to another edition of, “Indie Film Spotlight!” Today we will be covering a recent indie gem about the most awkward and uncomfortable dinner party in the history of dinner parties: “The Invitation.” The Invitation, directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body) follows Will (Logan Marshall-Green) while he attends a dinner party at his former home, as he starts to think his…

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Movies That Changed My Life: Part 1


Howdy folks, and welcome to my new limited series about the ‘Movies That Changed My Life.’ As some of you may know, I am a filmmaker, and have been a lifelong cinephile. Along the way, there have been a handful of films that have changed my life, one way or another. Whether they inspired me to pursue a career in filmmaking,…

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The Winners: 88th Academy Awards


Well, here we are. Another year of Academy Awards has come and gone. Were they handed out to the expected people? Did anyone come out of nowhere with a surprise win? Both of those questions, and more, can now be answered. To answer the first, yes, they mostly went to the expected people. Leo won, Mad Max won a bunch,…

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Predictions: 88th Academy Awards


We’re almost there! Oscar Sunday to a cinephile like me is THE BEST Sunday of the year. Unless, of course, my beloved New York Giants are playing in the Super Bowl. In that case, Oscar Sunday becomes the second best Sunday of the year. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. The Academy Awards will air this Sunday at 7PM on ABC,…

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Movie Review: “The Witch”


Something truly wicked this way comes in the form of “The Witch” (stylized as The VVitch): the new horror sensation and latest offering presented by A24 (who’s been on quite the role lately) and it sure is a doozy. The film is written and directed by first time filmmaker Robert Eggers. It takes place in New England in the 1600s,…

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20 Favorite Films of 2015


2015 was an extremely strong year for film, in my opinion. There was a great balance of some really great studio films and some hard-hitting indies. While I do agree that Hollywood’s reliance on sequels, tent poles, and reboots is annoying, I can’t be too annoyed because I have the choice to not see them. Will my lack of contributing…

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Early Oscar Predictions


With the Academy Awards still over a month away – the ceremony airs February 26th – I decided to take a stab at some extremely early Oscar predictions. Amongst other things, my prediction is that the future belongs to the mad! I only commented on the categories I conceivably could, so sorry to categories like Best Short Documentary and Best Short Film.…

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And The Nominees Are….


The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced in a live news conference from Beverly Hills early Thursday morning. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by actor John Krasinski, and directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee read off the names of the lucky finalists for Hollywood’s biggest night. The Academy Awards will take place live, Sunday February…

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