Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences releases a roster of the pictures and performances they think are most deserving of accolades. And every year, I put together this list to tell them what they got wrong.
Read More The Not-Oscars 2015
“Inspired by the true stories of daring women.”
Read More Top Ten Films: 2015
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
Sometimes, you feel like a movie is just speaking directly to you. I saw Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave last night, and I could so identify with the protagonist Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) — because I, too, have been subject to the twisted whims and brutal hand of cruel fates and a merciless master. […]
Read More Solomon Chained: McQueen Unleashes A Mighty ‘Slave’
General audiences tend to hear about the year’s best indies in fall or winter, if they hear of them at all. These films’ releases aren’t quite as calculated as the major Oscar contenders, which tend to open in November or December, sometimes a few weeks earlier. Indies can roll out in the less cluttered summer […]
Read More ‘Short’ & Sweet: Two Talented Filmmakers On The Rise
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Ah, no. It’s just another disgruntled teenager with a video camera.
Read More High-Flying, Abhorred: ‘Chronicle’ Does Battle In Seattle