Film

  1. It's Oscar Time Again!

    I don't know why I love the Academy Awards so much. Maybe it is because I really love movies. And this time of year is like Christmas for film buffs. We are flooded with a wide selection of great films. And there is this feeling--a sense of urgency and obligation to see them all. It's as if we have no right to express a preference unless we have actually seen all the films nominated. There is probably no one--not even a top film critic--who can claim to have done so. Mostly because it is an...
  2. James Franco ~ Renaissance Man

    Some of us are so thick with talent, it's almost impossible to spread ourselves too thin. We are gifted with an endless supply of unbridled ability and a drive that keeps us moving fast forward. In the entertainment world, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce Knowles come to mind. Both are triple—maybe quadrupole—threats. They sing, dance, act, and are generally nice, polite, and likable people. Unfortunately, most of us aren't the caretakers of such gifts—myself included. I am not blessed with any...
  3. James Franco as Oz, The Great and Powerful

    James Franco as Oz, The Great and Powerful Franco has signed on to play Oz, The Great and Powerful ~Disney's prequel to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." See how I did it Official movie posters posted online July 2012...
  4. James Franco ~ Man Of The Hour

    It's James Franco's time to shine. It's his weekend. This Sunday, February 27th, he will be hosting the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. It should be a great show. And, he is up for Best Actor for his outstanding performance as Aron Ralston in 127 Hours. What an accomplished man--and very busy as well. I bet he is in LA, right now, putting the final touches on his Oscar performance with Anne. While he's been prepping for that, I have been preparing as well. Because he'll be giving...
  5. The Move-Me Awards

    The film awards season has officially closed—ending with The 83 Academy Awards. Predictably, The King's Speech won big—Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor—Colin Firth. Geoffrey Rush, however, lost to Christian Bale. My choices were mostly overlooked with one exception being Natalie Portman winning Best Actress. It was painful to watch the Oscars this year. Although it took off with a bang with the montage of Franco and Hathaway digitally cut into the ten nominated films, it was...
  6. Annual Movie Roundup 2011

    **Update ~ February 19, 2012. I am on my way out the door to see Hugo. This may be the last film of 2011 that I see before the Academy Awards on February 26th. Hugo has been nominated in quite a few categories, including Best Picture. I'll update this blog entry when I return.** *Update: Movie poster spoof image and Best Of Nominees list added to blog entry... scroll down. End of update.* Holy Toledo, Batman, I've seen a lot of movies this year! Yep, it's that time of year again...
  7. Will I or Won't I... Get in Bed With Oscar This Year?

    **Update ~ February 22, 2012 ~ Great article exposing the Academy's membership demographics. Not surprisingly, voters are overwhelmingly white, middled aged men. This explains why an edgy movie like Drive was overlooked. My guess is that it was never even viewed by the majority of these voters. Remember, these are the same folks who awarded The Kings' Speech Best Picture last year. Gag! *Update January 24, 2012 ~ The Nominations are pathetically disappointing. I'll be sitting this one...
  8. Enjoy the Violence

    ***Update ~ February 26, 2012. Added another movie! Go see. Can't believe I forgot about this one!* **Update ~ February 22, 2012. Bonnie and Clyde is a wild ride, indeed! Just how many different cars did they steal anyway? Was a bit put off by Clyde's sexual frigidity at first. But he came through in the end and made Bonnie a happy lady. The car chases were a riot, having a playful tone due to the bouncy banjo music in the background. Although Bonnie and Clyde is a very good movie and...
  9. The Auteurist

    Very seldom do I put to paper my thoughts on a particular movie that I have seen, regardless if it is fantastic or a rotten tomato. Partly this is because I prefer to write about other subjects that are more salient to my inner world. And secondly, I think that the Net is already flooded with amateur and professional critics who do a fine job reviewing all the movies out there. I don’t sense a void which my insight could fill. And I don’t really have anything fresh and clever to say. I’m not...
  10. Not So Secret Ballots

    Said I was gonna sit this one out. Changed my mind. Here are my ballots for the 84th Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 26, 2012. In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011.
  11. Tonight's the Night!

    Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011. *This is a reverse order post, written in real time as the events occurred. If too confusing to view this way, read from bottom to top.* Well, that's all there is folks. There is no more. It was fun. Same time next year? I'm off to watch The Real Housewives of Orange County that I downloaded yesterday. Chow. 9:35 PM ~ Best Picture goes to The Artist. I voted The Artist Will win and The Artist Should win. (12 of 18, 3 abstains)...
  12. Lovesome Loathsome

    I have cinema fever. Because there are no new movies worth mentioning, I'll write about actors and actresses. Some I love and some I loathe. Here are the lists. Each actor and actress is described with one word. Sometimes one word is all it takes. Loves~ Actresses Tilda Swinton ~ Sharp Julianne Moore ~ Brave Jodie Foster ~ Intelligent Penelope Cruz ~ Intense Nicole Kidman ~ Classy Kate Winslet ~ Firey Angelina Jolie ~ Hot Marisa Tomei ~ Fun Eva Longoria ~ Adorable Michele...
  13. Fellini's 8 1/2

    I’m late to the party. This cinephile has no excuse. And I am a bit embarrassed to address my cultural faux pas. OK, I might as well get it out on the table. I just watched Federico Fellini’s 8 ½ for the very first time. Nope, I didn’t say twentieth time—first time. Can you believe it? I know, I really can’t either. But I must embrace this truth and get on with it. Better late than never? In this case, yes, yes, yes! Where do I begin? Where do I finish? Ah, I will never finish discussing...
  14. Gates of Heaven

    Gates of Heaven, have you seen it? It's a great documentary made in 1978 by Errol Morris--same guy who gave us The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003). Gates of Heaven begins by introducing us to a couple characters who have opened Los Altos Foothill Pet Cemetery near Napa Valley, CA. Mostly they're in it 'cause they love their pets and hate the idea of our beloved companion animals being rendered into tallow after death. They're all heart. Unfortunately...
  15. A Year of Movies ~ 2012

    A Year of Movies February 2012 - December 2012 Oscars 2012, Oscar Ballot 2012, In Bed With Oscar, Oscars 2011. 2013 Oscar Nominees My 2013 Ballot... Slate's Movie Spoilers Podcast With Critic Dana Stevens Best movie I have seen this year is Take This Waltz. Scene from film Current Releases ~ 2012 Take This Waltz ~ 4 Amour ~ 4 Argo ~ 4 Side by Side ~ 4 Zero Dark Thirty ~ 3.5 Silver Linings Playbook ~ 3.5 The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ 3.5 The Best Exotic Marigold...
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