(I know, it’s Thursday, and your tolerance for Oscar discussion was likely exhausted by Tuesday morning. But I’m still detoxing, so just let me get this out of my system.) It used to be like Christmas, except it lasted even longer. From Thanksgiving or so all the way into late February, or even March, it […]Read More The Year I Gave Up On The Oscars
(Originally posted on Justin + 7.) How important is cinematic compatibility in a relationship? For most, it’s probably nowhere near the top of the list. Intelligence, looks, hygiene, values, spirituality… there are a whole lot of other compatibilities that take priority. But not for me! I have a cinematic agenda. I don’t often watch a […]Read More Reel Breakers: A Single Cinephile’s Recipe For A Blue Valentine
In what world is Argo a better movie than Zero Dark Thirty? This isn’t a response to Ben Affleck’s Golden Globes win for Best Director and Argo’s triumph as Best Drama. The Globes are the Globes, and they can only be taken so seriously. Avatar, The Descendants, Babel, and plenty of other films have proven […]Read More In What World Is ‘Argo’ A Better Movie Than ‘Zero Dark Thirty’?
Kathryn Bigelow has been directing for a few decades now, but it took a long time for us to really notice her. That happened with The Hurt Locker, 2009’s Oscar-winner for Best Picture and, historically, for Best Director. There are multiple angles with which to approach her win — one, that she deserved it. And […]Read More This Is ‘Thirty’: A Bittersweet End To The Darkest Tale Of Our Times
A decade ago or so, the thought of Ben Affleck winning an Academy Award would have been borderline laughable, except it had happened already. Back then, as he starred in a string of flops such as Reindeer Games, Darevdevil, Jersey Girl, Gigli, and Surviving Christmas, it was all-too-easy to forget Ben Affleck, the Oscar-winning co-writer […]Read More ‘Argo’ For The Gold: Will Ben Affleck Win Another Oscar?
As a kid, I got excited for summer movie season, because it brought sequels, superheroes, dinosaurs — that kind of thing. But the past few summers haven’t given us more than one or two blockbusters worth getting riled up about. These days, my event movies tend to be much smaller in scale, featuring powerhouse acting […]Read More The 7 Most Anticipated Fall Movies 2012