Category Archives: Film

Too Early for This: Oscar Picks – 13 Aug 2019

With the announcement of a new Academy president (a casting director, no less), there’s buzz building that the Oscar will finally honor ensemble casts, or at least the casting director that helped pick them out. We’ll see if that actually … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: August 2019

FILMS Top Picks The Fifth Element – Prime 8/31 Idiocracy – Hulu 8/1 Jupiter Ascending – Netflix 8/1 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary – Hulu 8/16 It’s an all sci-fi month here, each offering something different. The Fifth Element is a … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: July 2019

FILMS Top Picks Under the Silver Lake – Prime 7/1 Drop Dead Gorgeous – Hulu 7/5 Apollo 11 – Hulu 7/20 Inglourious Basterds – Netflix 7/22 It’s actually an incredible month for movies on streaming platforms this month, which is … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: June 2019

FILMS Top Picks True Grit (2010) – Hulu and Prime 6/29 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Netflix 6/26 The Coen Brothers’ take on the John Wayne Western is one of the best remakes of all time, featuring phenomenal performances from Jeff … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: May 2019

FILMS Top Picks Suspiria (2018) – Prime 5/3 Crash (2005) – Hulu and Prime 5/5 Moonlight – Netflix 5/21 While Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s classic horror flick (my all-time favorite, in fact) isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it … Continue reading

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The Optimist’s Summer Movie Preview 2019

In a shocking turn of events, there are actually a ton of movies I’m excited for this summer. In years past, I’ve struggled to round out to an even 10. This year, however, I’m expanding to 15 titles that have … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: April 2019

Sorry for the delay. March was a crazy month that involved a lot of travel. The Criterion Channel launches on my birthday (April 8) and I’m hoping that’s one of my gifts. Might eventually add that to the list of … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: March 2019

FILMS Top Picks Tapeheads – Prime and Hulu 3/1 This mostly forgotten ’80s comedy has a very strong but very tiny cult, of which I am a part. It’s a delightful, goofy and clever buddy picture with John Cusack and … Continue reading

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Oscar Re-Do: 1998

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’ll break it down. BEST PICTURE Elizabeth Life Is Beautiful … Continue reading

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My Dream Oscar Ballot 2019

This Oscar season has been crazy, and as I’ve covered before, there were a lot of egregious snubs this year. So here is how my nominations ballot would have looked. For the purposes of this, I’ve limited myself to the … Continue reading

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