Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

“It was weird but it was kinda cool.” – Sam Thomson (Birdman) Within 5 minutes the thought crosses your mind that this movie is going to be unusual. When it’s done you really you had no idea just how right you were. It’s unlike anything ever seen before. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) … Continue reading Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 2000s

This was a pretty solid decade for best picture winners. The first nine were all varying degrees of excellence. I feel bad putting Slumdog Millionaire just above A Beautiful Mind. There’s a HUGE drop off after #9. No Country for Old Men (2007) The Departed (2006) Chicago (2002) Million Dollar Baby (2004) Crash (2005) Gladiator … Continue reading Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 2000s

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Meine Damen und Herren... mesdames et messieurs...ladies and gentlemen... allow me to present to you, the undisputed "King of the Oscars"... The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Now, I’m not saying The Return of the King is the greatest Oscar winning film of all time. But no film in the 89 … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Chicago

During the span of Academy Awards from 1958 through 1968 there were five movie musicals that won best picture. Gigi (1958) West Side Story (1961) My Fair Lady (1964) The Sound of Music (1965) Oliver! (1968) In the few years after Oliver! there were a couple of other film that were nominated*. Hello Dolly! (1969) … Continue reading Chicago

Titanic

Let me tell you about the first time I watched Titanic. I was 25 years old, visiting my family for Christmas. The word was already out about Titanic which was released December 19, 1997. So we all headed down to the local megaplex and settled in for a three hour epic that we all knew … Continue reading Titanic

Schindler’s List

Let me tell you about the first time I watched Schindler’s List. I was 21 years old and home for Christmas with my parents. My family, which is of Jewish decent on my mother’s side, all went to see the movie. I don’t recall but it might have been for my father’s birthday which falls … Continue reading Schindler’s List

The Last Emperor

I’ve now officially seen every best picture ever. The Last Emperor was the final best picture winner on my list that I had never seen before. I was surprised and impressed with this movie. It was nothing like what I was expecting. The Last Emperor is a gorgeous masterpiece of cinematic art. The film has … Continue reading The Last Emperor