Has it only been a year? The Academy Awards were held on April 25 last year, reducing the eligibility window for 2021 movies to ten months. Many people stayed away from theaters for long stretches of 2021 — I didn’t make it back to cinemas until July — but that didn’t stop a barrage of […]
Read More The Best Of The Rest Of Film: 2021
How to review a movie like Mother? Honestly, it’s probably best not to try… but here goes.
Read More ‘Mother’ Lover: A Defiantly Divisive Antidote To The State Of Cinema In 2017
The Martian shouldn’t feel like such a treasure, and maybe twenty years ago, it wouldn’t have. Its closest cousin, Apollo 13, was nominated for Best Picture in 1995, back when feel-good movies could still dominate both the box office and awards season — which is not to say that they always did, but feel-good guys […]
Read More Intelligent Life: Science Rules In ‘The Martian’
Movies these days tend to be events. Even the smaller ones are often given the royal treatment, when it comes from a beloved, established filmmaker. Noam Baumbach is certainly one of those, yet he’s managed to avoid making capital-E Events out of his efforts, even when The Squid And The Whale had him hailed as […]
Read More Girl, Mistress, Queen: A Female-Centric Summer At The Arthouse
Once again, it’s Oscar time. This year’s race is gearing up to be one of the least predictable in recent memory. For every race that has an all-but-guaranteed winner (Julianne Moore, Best Actress; J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor), there are as many that are truly up in the air — some with not only two […]
Read More The Not-Oscars 2014
It was a very good year at the movies… but a weird one. Reversing the trend of recent years, the summer blockbuster fare offered a surprising amount of good taste, from the goofy-fun Guardians Of The Galaxy to the surprisingly clever Edge Of Tomorrow. Even sequels like Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and […]
Read More Top Ten Films: 2014
“Dad’s dead.” These are the first words of the book This Is Where I Leave You, spoken by Wendy Foxman. How does she say it? “Offhandedly, like it’s happened before, like it happens every day. It can be grating, this act of hers, to be utterly unfazed at all times, even in the face of […]
Read More Dad’s Dead: Sad, Squabbling Siblings In ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ & ‘Skeleton Twins’
Continuing my retrospective Top 10 lists… Okay, so this was the year the Oscars got on my nerves for announcing ten Best Picture nominees. (And judging by what was included in those ten, I think we can all agree that I was right to be irked… which is some vindication, at least.)
Read More Top Ten Films: 2009
Friends With Kids co-stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, and Jon Hamm, all of whom you will recognize from last year’s biggest (and best) studio comedy. Is this Bridemaids 2? Almost.
Read More First Comes Baby In The Baby Carriage: ‘Friends With Kids’
It’s the Golden Globes! And because I currently have nothing better to do, I am watching and blogging about them. (Nominees here, FYI.) I’ll be doing some sort of live-blogging/recap as we go on, so… enjoy!
Read More Hard In The City vs. The Golden Globes: Live Blog & Winners 2012
(Movies discussed in this post: War Horse, Attack The Block, X-Men: First Class, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Paul, Super 8, The Adventures Of Tintin.) From The Artist to Midnight In Paris to Hugo and a number of others, 2011 is a big year for nostalgia for all sorts of mainly things — but […]
Read More Yay Or Neigh?: Spielberg Ponies Up Two New Family Films
Well, folks. The WGA nominees have been announced, and on the whole, I can’t say that I love ’em. But read below, if you must.
Read More Gold Rush: Writer’s Guild Award Nominees 2012