Category Archives: Film

Things I Wrote: April and May 2018

Thinking it will be easier if I make this a bi-monthly post. Maybe then I’ll remember. Here are my published works for the last two months. REVIEWS (for College Movie Review) Final Portrait Rampage Super Troopers 2 I Feel Pretty … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: June 2018

FILMS Top Picks The Age of Innocence – Amazon 6/1 Blue Like Jazz – Amazon and Hulu 6/1 Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Netflix 6/26 Three for you this month, one on each of the major services. The first … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: May 2018

FILMS Top Picks Thief – Hulu and Amazon 5/1 Coco – Netflix 5/29 (Academy Award winner) I, Tonya – Hulu 5/31 (Academy Award winner) Thief is Michael Mann’s searing debut, featuring one of the all-time great villain performances, and impressive … Continue reading

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The Optimist’s Summer Movie Preview 2018

Marvel has thrown down the (Infinity) gauntlet, by moving their big tentpole to kick off the summer movie season back to the end of April. It traditionally started around Memorial Day, and moved up to the first weekend of May … Continue reading

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30 Before 30: The Recap

Last year, I had just turned 29, and I was realizing how much my film education was sorely lacking. Sure, I’ve probably seen far more films than many of my friends will ever see, even if I stopped seeing movies … Continue reading

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Things I Wrote: February and March 2018

So I failed to keep up with this two months in a row, so here’s a refresher on my published works for February and March. REVIEWS Entanglement – Fresh Fiction The Party – Fresh Fiction Gringo – College Movie Review A Wrinkle in … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: April 2018

FILMS Top Picks 50/50 – Hulu 4/1 Mystery Team – Amazon 4/1 The Florida Project – Amazon 4/1 (Academy Award nominee) Call me indecisive, but I just couldn’t pick between all these films, which I adore for different reasons. 50/50 … Continue reading

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My Dream Oscar Ballot 2018

For the first time ever, I’d seen every nominee in all eight major categories by the time of awards ceremony. But as per usual, I was way behind on documentaries, foreign language films and animated features (not to mention shorts), … Continue reading

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Oscar Guide 2018

Guys, I just don’t know. With a real lack of consensus around this year’s crop of nominees, there’s no one film you can point to and say: “That’s the one to beat.” So what’s going to happen Sunday night? Sure, … Continue reading

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Oscar Re-Do: 1997

Now that I’m far enough away from the years when I was growing up (*gulp*), I figured this would be a good year to stretch back from the years before 2000, when I started my annual re-do column. 1997 was the … Continue reading

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