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 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 1941: How Green Was My Valley

The first thing I wrote when taking notes during this film was... “OK movie... let’s see what you’ve got” For at least 50 years How Green Was My Valley has been the legendary “HUH?” of best picture winners for one reason and one reason only...the other nominees. Of the 10 films nominated for best picture … Continue reading The Oscar Project 1941: How Green Was My Valley

2016 Oscar Prediction: Best Director

The directing category is often the most difficult to evaluate. How much credit does the director get for what goes on the screen? How much is their vision and how much is the talent of the actors, writers, cinematographers, editors, and so on and so on. How much credit does a coach get for the … Continue reading 2016 Oscar Prediction: Best Director

Nomination Surprises

I ended up going 38 for 44 on my predictions. Apparently I missed the memo from the Writers Guild determining that Moonlight wasn’t eligible for original screenplay and put it in the adapted category instead. Besides that there were three main surprises in today’s nominations. First: Viggo Mortensen – Best Actor I wasn’t terribly impressed … Continue reading Nomination Surprises

2016 Oscar Nominee Predictions

Tomorrow morning the 2016 Oscar nominees will be announced. I look forward to this all year. I don’t know when I first started tracking Oscar buzz throughout the year, but I do know that my love of the Oscars started almost 25 years ago (my love of movies came long before that). I can only … Continue reading 2016 Oscar Nominee Predictions

Life is Beautiful

This past Wednesday our local megaplex had another questionable “classic” in its classic film series. While I can appreciate the many qualities of Back to the Future, a classic film it is not. In fact, I suggest that it hasn’t aged well at all and our collective understanding of movie and TV time travel (see: … Continue reading Life is Beautiful