Category Archives: Film

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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Streaming Picks: March 2018

FILMS Top Pick Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Amazon and Hulu 3/1 One of the funniest comedies of the ’80s, with Steve Martin as a low-level American con artist learning the ropes from British sophisticate Michael Caine. But they meet their … Continue reading

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Oscar Re-Do: 2007

You know the drill: Winners in bold, then we break it down. BEST PICTURE Atonement Juno Michael Clayton No Country for Old Men There Will Be Blood Should have won: No complaints here Not even nominated: Zodiac The debate still … Continue reading

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Things I Wrote: January 2018

I’ve been doing a terrible job at linking out to things I’ve written for other sites, and that changes this year. So each month, I’ll do a round-up of articles and reviews I’ve contributed to other places. Here’s this month’s: REVIEWS … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: February 2018

FILMS Top Picks Manhunter – Amazon and Hulu 2/1 Mute – Netflix 2/23 The former is Michael Mann’s excellent adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon (aka the first time we saw Hannibal Lecter onscreen, played indelibly by Brian Cox). It’s easily … Continue reading

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Reactions to the 2018 Oscar Nominations

Biggest Snubs (in order from most to least egregious) 1. Call Me by Your Name – Supporting Actor “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” And boy did I feel weak after knowing one of our greatest character … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Picks 2018

It’s been a crazy year in every regard, but especially in awards season. There’s really been no consensus on the best movie of the year from the critics’ groups or guilds. That’s kind of exciting, but makes this guesswork particularly … Continue reading

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2017 in Review: Box Office Report

Another year, a few more record-setting films and still fewer tickets sold than any time since the 1990s. It’s only going to get worse, but it seems audiences may finally be wising up: rejecting some tired franchises and championing original … Continue reading

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