Category Archives: Best Of

Oscar Re-Do: 1999

Now that I’m far enough away from the years when I was growing up (*gulp*), here’s a little bonus to go along with my annual column. Winners in bold, then we break it down. BEST PICTURE American Beauty The Cider … Continue reading

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My Dream Oscar Ballot 2020

Once again, I’m going off the Academy’s eligibility lists, so several movies I would have considered for some awards aren’t represented here. I’ve also seen too few animated, foreign language and documentary films to fill out those categories, so I’m … Continue reading

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Oscar Re-Do: 2009

You know the drill. Winners in bold, then we break it down. BEST PICTURE Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious A Serious Man Up Up in the Air Should have won: Inglourious … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: Box Office Report

SURE-FIRE HITS – The Kings of the Box Office (All Disney Edition) Avengers: Endgame ($858.3 million) The Lion King ($543.6 million) Toy Story 4 ($434 million) Captain Marvel ($426.8 million) SURPRISE SUCCESSES – They got there through word-of-mouth or succeeded … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: The Best Performances – Film

It was a stellar year for film acting, even if only one of these performances was nominated for an Academy Award. Ensemble in a Comedy Knives Out As epic a cast as has ever been assembled for a murder mystery, … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: The Best and Worst Movies

After many delays – some of which were my fault, some of which were beyond my control – I present to you the best and worst films of 2019. 10. Give Me Liberty (dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky) If you haven’t heard … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: The Best Songs

Sometimes, making my best albums list can feel like a chore. There’s so much music out there, and narrowing it down to my 10 favorites sometimes feels pointless. But I often feel like my best songs list is better representative … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: The Best Performances – Television

It was another strong year for TV, but as usual I gravitated toward comedy, which made some of these picks difficult, while trying to fill out the other categories was a challenge to find enough worthy candidates. Once again, I … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: The Best Comedy Shows and Specials

While there was no shortage of stand-up specials in 2019 (and not just on Netflix!), there weren’t enough I loved to list five. So I expanded the criteria a bit to include some extremely clever sketch comedy and parody for … Continue reading

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2019 in Review: The Best Shows – Honorable Mentions

It was even harder to craft a top 10 than usual, and that left a lot of shows in that next tier. So once again, I’ve expanded my honorable mentions to 14 episodes of shows that didn’t make the cut, … Continue reading

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