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

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The Oscar Project 1939: Gone With the Wind

This film is the stuff of legends. Everyone knows this movie even if they’ve never seen it. It has become ingrained in our pop cultural collective consciousness. We all know the famous lines. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Rhett Butler “After all, tomorrow is another day!” – Scarlett O’Hara “You can’t … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1939: Gone With the Wind

The Oscar Project 1938: You Can’t Take it With You

I’ve seen You Can’t Take it With You both on the stage and the screen. The stage version actually featured my brother-in-law Donavan as Donald, a volunteer handyman for the Sycamores. It’s a quirky original that influenced many a film over the years, quite a few by Wes Anderson. What makes this film pop is … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1938: You Can’t Take it With You

The Oscar Project 1932: Grand Hotel

Five years into The Oscar Project and it feels like I’m starting to see a shift. The first 4 celebrated grandeur and spectacle, whether than was with visual wonder or, in the case of The Broadway Melody, the wonder of a movie musical. Grand Hotel doesn’t rely on either of those as the entire film … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1932: Grand Hotel

Oscar Week Begins!

It’s hard to believe that Oscar week is already here. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel. But here we are with a truckload of great movies to talk about. So without further ado... BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Christian Bale, The Big Short Christian Bale’s portrayal … Continue reading Oscar Week Begins!

Predicting the Nominees

The Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow morning and thus begin the final march towards the film industry’s top prize. What I love about the Oscars is it is truly an industry award. It isn’t film critics or the people’s choice. It’s film makers awarding their fellow film makers. If I were a film maker … Continue reading Predicting the Nominees

Classic Film Series – Ben-Hur

Over the last several weeks our local Cineplex has been running a series of classic films on Sunday and Wednesday nights. I have had the distinct privilege of going nearly each week with my aspiring film-maker son. Together we have seen some of the greats of all time on the big screen. This all started … Continue reading Classic Film Series – Ben-Hur

1997 All Over Again… But Better

The year was 1997. Stop me when this sounds familiar. Box office giant Titanic stormed through Oscar night picking up technical award after technical award. It also won Oscars for its score and director (James Cameron). But the film did not receive a nomination for its screenplay and the film’s lead actress (Kate Winslet) was … Continue reading 1997 All Over Again… But Better

Oscar Predictions, Part 5

Alright, this is it. My prediction for Best Picture. Conventional wisdom, and Oscar history, would tell you that any film whose director doesn’t get nominated cannot and will not win Best Picture. Between 1932 and 2011 it only happened once when Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture in 1989. But then Argo happened. Maybe it … Continue reading Oscar Predictions, Part 5

Oscar Predictions, Part 4

We’re in the home stretch of Oscar prediction week. Today I’ll take a look at the Best Actor and Best Actress nominees. There is some really solid work in both of these categories and despite what some predict, I don’t think either of these are a lock.Best Actor NomineesChristian Bale (American Hustle) – This guy … Continue reading Oscar Predictions, Part 4