Category Archives: Film

Reactions to the 2023 Oscar Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominations for the 95th Oscars on Tuesday. There wasn’t a whole lot to get too mad about. Seven of the 10 Best Picture nominees made my own top 10 list, … Continue reading

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Final Oscar Picks 2023

BEST PICTUREAll Quiet on the Western FrontAvatar: The Way of WaterBabylonThe Banshees of InisherinElvisEverything Everywhere All at OnceThe FabelmansTÁRTop Gun: MaverickWomen Talking Dark Horse: Triangle of SadnessLong Shot: The WhaleTotal Shock: RRR The skinny: It’s a little funny to me … Continue reading

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The Best Film Performances of 2022

Ensemble in a DramaWomen TalkingTrying to single out a performance here is a fool’s errand, because what makes the movie so powerful is each individual’s grief, frustration and determination revealing themselves throughout. Another clear example of why the Oscars need … Continue reading

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The Best and Worst Movies of 2022

10. Avatar: The Way of Water (dir. James Cameron) and Nope (dir. Jordan Peele)Is this cheating? Maybe. But in a cinema landscape dominated by disposable blockbusters, Cameron and Peele delivered big-budget films made to last. Both are films about family, … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: January 2023

I wanted to take a new approach for this column in 2023. There’s just way too much out there, and even last year I was still dropping way too many suggestions. This year, it’s all about curation. I’m still focusing … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks: December 2022

BEST PICTUREAvatar: The Way of WaterBabylonThe Banshees of InisherinElvisEverything Everywhere All at OnceThe FabelmansTÁRTop Gun: MaverickThe Woman KingWomen Talking Falling off: Armageddon Time, She Said, White NoiseRising star: Triangle of Sadness The skinny: Despite underperforming even last year’s flop West … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: December 2022

This will be the last post in this format. Look for a more carefully curated version of this column coming next month! FILMSTop PicksThe Banshees of Inisherin – HBO Max 12/13Glass Onion – Netflix 12/23Top Gun: Maverick – Paramount+ 12/22Three … Continue reading

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Too Early for This: Oscar Picks – November 2022

BEST PICTUREArmageddon TimeAvatar: The Way of WaterBabylonThe Banshees of InisherinEverything Everywhere All at OnceThe FabelmansShe SaidTÁRWhite NoiseWomen Talking Falling off: Bardo, Empire of Light, The SonRising star: Top Gun: Maverick The skinny: After flopping at multiple festivals, the latest self-indulgent … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: November 2022

FILMSTop PicksDevil in a Blue Dress – Hulu 11/1Little Woods – HBO Max 11/1Top Five – Paramount+ 11/1Nope – Peacock 11/18 Other Recommendations2 Days in the Valley – Prime and Paramount+ 11/110 Things I Hate About You – Prime 1/128 … Continue reading

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Streaming Picks: October 2022

FILMSTop PicksJacob’s Ladder – Paramount+ 10/1Jennifer’s Body – Prime and Paramount+ 10/1The Skin I Live In – Hulu 10/1Tremors – Peacock 10/1The Witch – HBO Max 10/1It’s spooky season, so I’ve highlighted some excellent horror movies. Jennifer’s Body and Tremors … Continue reading

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