Best of 2015

With another year in the books, it is again time for reflection on the best of the year that was. And, as it always is, time is precious so I won't be overly verbose here. So without further ado, these are a few of my favorite things from 2015... Films 1. Mad Max: Fury Road 2.... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Virtue of Academy Award Ignorance

The Academy is in for an interesting night. Sure the ballots have long since been cast but the story of all the votes unfold tonight. The night could go many directions and yield a few surprises but, as always, the Monday morning water cooler conversations that follow will be centered around the biggest awards, of which many are true toss-ups. At the center... Continue Reading →

Predicting the Academy Awards

The Academy is in for a long night. The ballots have already been cast but the story has yet to be told. The different directions the night could take, and Monday morning water cooler conversations that follow, are as exciting as they are unpredictable. Will members deliver a surprising American Hustle domination and award the... Continue Reading →

Best Films of 2013

What defines a truly great film experience? Is it the ability to allow audiences to escape into a different world, is it about sheer fun and entertainment, is it stunning, Gravity-esque visuals that put audiences directly into the fray or is it about emotional connection? Good films can, and do, deliver on all of the... Continue Reading →

Open Letter to ‘The Academy’

Dearest Oscar, How have you been? It has been a long time, I mean a long time, since we last spoke but as I approach my last gasps, urgency is of the utmost importance so I'll press on. My message to you today is a warning. A warning to take extra care in whom you... Continue Reading →

Predicting the Oscars

Updated with winners (in green)! The Academy is in for a long night. The ballots have already been cast but the story has yet to be told. The different directions the night could take, and Monday morning water cooler conversations that follow, are as exciting as they are unpredictable. Will members deliver a pleasantly surprising... Continue Reading →

The Rotten Globes

Blerp, looks like "Benjamin" and his Argonauts have finally succeeded in their quest of the Golden Fleece, or at least in pulling it over our eyes. Argo fleecing both Best Motion Picture - Drama AND Best Director - Motion Picture served as the biggest the surprise(s) of the Golden Globes last night, aside from the... Continue Reading →

Oscar Nom Noms!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cM3-uj3rOns Oscar season is officially here. Christmas has passed, the 2013 has begun and New Years resolutions are already struggling to stay afloat though none of if matters, not now. Though flawed, the Oscars have officially arrived by way of announcing the nominees. I enjoy this "season" immensely since I am that guy who enjoys... Continue Reading →

Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow, to my own surprise, has done it again. When I first heard that Bigelow was dipping from the war well again, I was not excited. Though The Hurt Locker was as tense and tight a film as I have ever seen, the promise of another the-same-but-different war story sounded a bit lackluster. Suffice... Continue Reading →

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