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

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the silver screen. There’s no question about it. He’s done so much great work for so long it’s sometimes hard to believe one actor could be that impressive so frequently. So what was his greatest role of his legendary career? You could argue J.J. … Continue reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The Godfather

The Oscar Project has reached the exact halfway point. There were 44 best picture winners before The Godfather and there have been 44 best picture winners since The Godfather. I couldn't be more pleased that this film currently sits at the center of Oscar history. There have been countless books and articles written, and documentaries … Continue reading The Godfather


Like Gone With the Wind this is a film that has long been highly esteemed. For many it is among the greatest films ever made. For some there is none better. I have long been a fan of Casablanca. When my wife and I were married more than 20 years ago one of the first … Continue reading Casablanca

The Oscar Project 1942: Mrs. Miniver

Smack dab in the middle of World War II this film tells a tight and focused story of the Minivers, a British family in London struggling to survive the first months of the war. It might be one of the best films you’ve never heard of. The character of Mrs. Miniver originated in 1937 in … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1942: Mrs. Miniver

The Oscar Project

Even while we are all still scratching our heads about best picture announcement I’m already looking ahead to the 2017 Oscars. Of course I’ll be tracking dozens of movies starting as early as this week. But I have something else in mind I want to share with you. Next year will be the 90th Academy … Continue reading The Oscar Project

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

Prediction: 2015 Best Picture

This is the most unpredictable race in years. So many outstanding films. Nonetheless I will breakdown each nominee and my bold prediction for this year’s winner of Best Picture. And the nominees are... The Big Short The Big Short hits on all the right notes at all the right times. The subject matter was challenging … Continue reading Prediction: 2015 Best Picture