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Golden Statues and Outrage: The Oscar Nominations

Golden Statues and Outrage: The Oscar Nominations


This week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled the entries for each of their twenty four categories in anticipation of this year’s 84th Academy Awards show. As is always the case, response among critics and film writers has been mixed, characterized by raised eyebrows, occasional high praise and pleasant surprise, and most … Continue reading

Review: Hugo, 2011, dir. Martin Scorsese

Review: Hugo, 2011, dir. Martin Scorsese


Another year, another film about films and the spirit of filmmaking itself. Leave it to the legendary Martin Scorsese, though, to take the opportunity to fuse together a picture of that persuasion on a grand, macro scale which spans more than a century instead of honing in on a more intimate examination of the craft. … Continue reading

…And Your Next Franchise Is…

…And Your Next Franchise Is…


…a movie based on a book you may not have read yet and might not be aware of if not for rags like Entertainment Weekly enthusiastically jamming the upcoming film adaptation down your damn throat at every opportunity. I’m not bitter, really. Color me more perplexed. If you ask EW— or any other major media … Continue reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones, episodes 9 & 10

TV Review: Game of Thrones, episodes 9 & 10


Well, I’ll say this for the marketing team behind Game of Thrones— they can’t be accused of false advertising. Baelor and Fire and Blood wrap up the first season of the series, and what a pair of episodes they are. I don’t think I need to warn anyone reading this of imminent spoilers, so with … Continue reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones, Episodes 1-3

TV Review: Game of Thrones, Episodes 1-3


“Quality” and “HBO original series” tend to go hand in hand, and for good reason. The Home Box Office has a well-established track record of excellence in its programming, from the iconic and hugely successful Sopranoes, to more short-lived but no less excellent shows such as Deadwood and Carnivale. So the idea of HBO offering … Continue reading

…And the Nominees Are: Oscar Follow-Up

…And the Nominees Are: Oscar Follow-Up


What makes the efforts of one director superior to those of another? If one person wins Best Director, does it stand to reason that they should also win Best Picture? I had these two questions– and sub-questions pertaining to both, as well as variations on each of said questions– rolling around in my head after … Continue reading

2011 Rising: My Films to Watch (pt.1)

2011 Rising: My Films to Watch (pt.1)


For me, 2010’s in the bag, but it’s not totally wrapped up until I take the time to ruminate over the upcoming slate of movies in 2011 that excite me, discourage me, intrigue me, or puzzle/offend me (and, of course, also post the rest of my top ten, which is, I promise, coming around the … Continue reading

Review: The King’s Speech, 2010, Tom Hooper

Review: The King’s Speech, 2010, Tom Hooper


Tom Hooper’s critical darling The King’s Speech could have been made strictly as a breezy piece of crowd-pleasing art house entertainment, light, airy, and ultimately forgettable, and it still would have been worth seeing. Alternately it could have been approached explicitly as a period drama intent on examining the speech impediment of the man who … Continue reading

James Cameron On Naturalism


James Cameron appeared on Inside The Actors Studio the other night to talk Avatar with James Lipton. I can’t respond to the episode as a whole, since I didn’t watch the entire thing, but I did catch a particular segment where Cameron made a statement about Avatar‘s performance capturing process that struck me, at first, … Continue reading