Every year, there’s one: an awards season frontrunner I don’t like very much. I rarely hate the movie — well, not at first. I found some degree of pleasure in films like The King’s Speech, La La Land, Birdman, and Argo the first time I saw them, though my reviews were mixed. But then the […]
Read More ‘Billboards’ Not 100: A Race Problem In The Oscar Race
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
I, like the majority of the western world, saw The Hunger Games on opening weekend. It had been nearly a year since I’d read Suzanne Collins’ book and I hadn’t yet started on the sequels. (I’m doing that now — and at the moment, I’m on Team Finnick. Sorry, Peeta! This is subject to change, […]
Read More Rewriting ‘The Hunger Games’: Five Fixes To Make It Flawless
Event movies are rare these days. Most films that studios would have you believe are “events” are anything but — sheep in wolves’ clothing. They hardly give us a reason to go to the theater at all, let alone line up opening night. The Hunger Games, however, is an event. Certainly 2012’s first, and unless […]
Read More Starving For Attention: Let The ‘Games’ Begin!