“But It Did Happen” (#62)

Few movies speak to my sensibilities better than Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia does. I love auteurs, especially those who write their movies. I also love filmmakers who utilize music to great effect — not just score, but soundtrack, too. I love ambition and the bucking of convention. I love an unpredictable turn of events that […]

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Top Ten Films: 2002

I made this Top 10 list early in awards season, before I’d seen a number of films that factored into the race that year — including Talk To Her, The Hours, 25th Hour, Bowling For Columbine, 8 Mile, and The Pianist, some of which came away with major Oscar wins (Best Director, Best Actress, and […]

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Top Ten Films: 2003

(A Then & Now perspective.) The further back I go in time, the less secure I am in my Top Ten choices. That’s largely because I haven’t seen all these movies again since, and I have no idea how, say, House Of Sand And Fog measures up to The Last Samurai. On the other hand, […]

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Top Ten Films: 2012

It’s Oscar time! As usual, the Academy Awards are poised to make some very wrong decisions this year. So as usual, I am prematurely correcting them by releasing my Top Ten of the year. That year is 2012, of course — real film critics release such lists at the end of December or beginning of […]

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The Deadbeats: Bad Dads OF 2011

Brad Pitt was named 2011’s Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle, which marks a notable shift in the thespian’s career. It’s not that he’s never been given awards love before, because he has. But Brad Pitt used to be a sex symbol — and I guess he still is, in that People […]

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