From Glee to Groans: The 2018 Oscar Nominations

I'll write complete breakdowns on all the nominees in each of the top categories. But for now I wanted to share a few thoughts on the nominations that garnered my strongest reactions. The Glee Logan – I didn’t think it would get the nomination but I’m thrilled it did. You can read more here in … Continue reading From Glee to Groans: The 2018 Oscar Nominations

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PREDICTIONS: 2018 Oscar Nominations

Tomorrow morning (early on this side of the country) the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced. This is always a fun time for me but especially after last year’s Oscar Project my interest is at an all-time high. Undoubtedly there will be some surprises but after tracking buzz on nearly 140 films … Continue reading PREDICTIONS: 2018 Oscar Nominations

The 2018 WGA Nominations and What They Mean for the Oscars

About a week ago the Writers Guild of America announced the nominees for their annual WGA Award recognizing excellence in writing. And while the WGA will hand out awards for everything from radio to television to video games to breaking news scripts...I am most interested in the film nominees. But not quite all the nominees … Continue reading The 2018 WGA Nominations and What They Mean for the Oscars

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

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

The Oscar Project 1928: Wings

I didn’t know anything about Wings except it was the first best picture winner in 1928. I didn’t even know it was a silent film until I started watching it. I’ve seen silent films before so it wasn’t alarming but the silent films I’d seen were much older than Wings. Not only was it the … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1928: Wings

2016 Prediction: Best Picture

Mein Damen und Herren! Mesdames et Messieurs! Ladies and Gentlemen! Without further ado I am pleased to present this year’s best picture nominees and my bold prediction for who will take home the biggest prize of the night. You might be surprised!* *(No you won’t. You won’t be surprised at all but just read it … Continue reading 2016 Prediction: Best Picture