In previous episodes, we discussed how 1999 films like Fight Club, American Beauty and Magnolia redefined my ideas around what movies could do — just as I was heading into film school. Requiem For A Dream was a part of that, too, except in a more shocking, fringe way. Despite accolades for Ellen Burstyn’s performance, […]Read More “In The End It’s All Nice” (#84)
I hate to react too quickly to any movie, because opinions settle over time. I often see a movie and have a negative reaction, only to find that it sits better over time. Sometimes, I leave a film satisfied, but gradually find reasons to like it less. But it’s been less than an hour since […]Read More Dreadfully Distinct: Is ‘2049’ The Greatest Sequel Of All Time?
It’s the morning of the Oscar nominations, and I’m not upset. This is weird. All the films I wanted to see nominated for Best Picture are. All the actors I hoped to see receive nominations for this year’s performances were. Compare and contrast to last year’s fatal omission of Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director, or […]Read More The Not-Oscars 2013
If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk. And if you give a major movie star AIDS, he’ll probably want an Oscar. So it goes. The year 2013 is shaping up to be a year of Very Important Movies. Multiple Civil Rights stories are already gunning for prizes, […]Read More ‘Buyers’ Remorse: AIDS Returns To The Academy Awards