Tom Jones

During the early 1960s American began emerging from its stiff 1950s homogeneous façade into a counterculture unafraid to let it all hang out. I suggest to you that these seeds had perhaps always been there under the surface (“nothing new under the sun”) but were deeply buried beneath values motivated by keeping up appearances. As … Continue reading Tom Jones


Over the course of The Oscar Project I have watched films dating all the way back to the 1920s. The world has changed a lot since then. Some of these films have provided striking moments of racial insensitivity and misogyny. Sometimes it’s obvious like a guy singing and dancing in blackface (The Great Ziegfeld, 1936). … Continue reading Gigi


You might remember Marty as the correct answer to the question Herb Stempel intentionally got wrong on the rigged quiz show Twenty One. He was asked what won best picture for 1955, he answered On the Waterfront. He was being forced off the show to make room for Charles Van Doren as the new champion. … Continue reading Marty