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

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The English Patient

Lately I’ve been reminiscing (and writing) about the first time I watched certain best picture winners. I have distinct memories of The Silence of the Lambs, Unforgiven, Schindler’s List and Forrest Gump. That’s not the case with The English Patient. I know I’ve seen it before but there’s nothing specifically memorable about the experience. By … Continue reading The English Patient

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

Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 80s

In the 1980s the Academy seems to be getting into a little bit of a rut. The “Decade of Excess” had more than its fair share of sweeping international epics. However, most of the Oscar winners that didn't fit into that mold turned out to be the best of the decade. Ordinary People (1980) Platoon … Continue reading Ranking the Best Picture Winners of the 80s