OSCAR COUNTDOWN

Only 8 months and 4 days until the next Oscars are awarded on February 24, 2019.

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Ocean's 8

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the saying goes. The new movie Ocean’s 8 is not a remake, per se, of Ocean’s 11, or even Ocean’s 12 or 13, but it is easily made in the style and substance of those precursors. Unfortunately, that’s part of the problem with it. […]

Why I Didn't Love Disobedience

I saw Disobedience in the theatres last week. It may have gotten lost for everyone else amid the Avengers: Infinity War hurricane, but I made an effort to seek it out because it stars two of my and my wife’s favorite actresses, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Yes, it did have a gay […]

Tully

The artistic collaboration between writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman has been fruitful so far. 2007’s Juno yielded a Best Director Oscar nomination for Reitman and an Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay for Cody, and even though 2011’s Young Adult didn’t garner any Oscar love, it still impressed the critics. Now […]

Avengers Counter-Programming

It’s only four days in and I already have Avengers fatigue. “The biggest movie of all time” opened on Friday and I really couldn’t care less. Avengers: Infinity War has already broken opening weekend box office records, and could be well on its way to breaking every record. And yet, I still […]

Isle of Dogs

As we were in our seats prior to seeing Isle of Dogs, my companion leaned over as the lights dimmed and said, “here comes the whimsy.” Whimsical certainly is a good word to describe director Wes Anderson’s stylistic and storytelling flavor. His movies are an acquired taste and I myself have had an […]

Love, Simon

Those who know me best know that I am an unapologetic lover of ‘80s nostalgia. To be honest, just calling it “nostalgia” makes me feel old, but it is what it is. Time marches on and the brutal fact is that even ‘80s nostalgia, which was once the hip and cool thing, used […]

The Death of Stalin

Never before in my lifetime has the world been more politically charged, more anxious about the fortitude of their leaders, more distrustful of their decisions and more worried for the future. It is in this atmosphere that the popularity of political satire is soaring, especially in the United States, from Saturday Night Live to […]

Black Panther

It does feel like there is a reckoning happening in Hollywood. Yes, there are the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that are making an emotional impact, but beyond those, there seems to finally be a move towards more inclusivity. Diversity in Hollywood has always been a challenge, but the tone-deafness reached a […]

2018 Academy Awards Supercut

Oscar Nominations

Some quick thoughts on this morning’s Oscar nominations (see the full list here: Oscar.com ):

As expected, The Shape of Water leads the way, with a total of 13 nominations. Only 11 other films in Oscar history have received 13 or more nominations. 8 of those 11 went on to win Best […]

MY CURRENT SMART PICKS

Top 5 List:

My Five Favorite dog movies:

1. 101 Dalmatians, 1961
2. Best in Show, 2000
3. The Shaggy D.A. , 1976
4. Lady & the Tramp, 1955
5. Adventures of Milo & Otis, 1986

Rental Pick:

As Good As It Gets (1997)

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