Category Archives: Film

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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Oscar Guide 2019

If I was confused last year, this year I’m completely and utterly lost. The only things I’m sure about are “Shallow” winning Best Original Song and Roma winning Best Foreign Language Film. Any of this year’s other frontrunners losing to another nominee wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Oscar Re-Do: 2008

You know the drill: Winners in bold, then we break it down. BEST PICTURE The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Frost/Nixon Milk The Reader Slumdog Millionaire Should have won: No complaints here Not even nominated: The Dark Knight I have … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: February 2019

FILMS Top Picks Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – Prime 2/8 The Sisters Brothers – Hulu 2/18 Velvet Buzzsaw – Netflix 2/1 High Flying Bird – Netflix 2/8 If you need more proof that Joaquin Phoenix is one of … Continue reading

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Reactions to the 2019 Oscar Nominations

Biggest Snubs (in order from most to least egregious) 1. First Reformed – Actor The one to get angry about. Hawke, who’s been nominated as Supporting Actor twice, is giving the best performance of his career here. The film barely … Continue reading

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Things I Wrote: Fall 2018

As per usual, I am terrible at updating and linking to the pieces I write. See those below: REVIEWS All About Nina (Fresh Fiction) Bohemian Rhapsody (College Movie Review) First Man (Central Track) Galveston (Fresh Fiction) Halloween (Central Track) The Hate … Continue reading

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