Upset brewing as Argo gains momentum

The last time a movie won the Best Picture Oscar without the director of that film being nominated was in 1990 when Driving Miss Daisy took home the award.  Labeled “the film no one directed,” it bested Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams and My Left Foot in an upset that defied the odds as Oliver Stone’s Vietnam epic was expected to r

Weekend DVD Picks 1-18-13

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Fey and Poehler shine bright as Argo surprises at Golden Globes

As soon as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler compared being married to James Cameron with torture and referenced Quentin Tarantino as “the star of all my sexual nightmares,”  you knew that the 2013 edition of the Golden Globe Awards was going to be different.  Sharp, witty and pointed without attacking their audience, the cohosts succeeded in delivering one clever moment after another, never s

On the red carpet and inside the Critic's Choice Awards

As a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, I was able to attend the Critic's Choice Awards last night. Needless to say it was a wonderful event with many of the actors, actresses and directors of this year's biggest films attending. Filmmakers, publicists, Hollywood insiders and critics were there, pushing the number to over 1,000 attending. 



Oscar Nominations - Filled with Oversights

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning and it would be safe to say that there were more surprises than usual, regarding not only the films that were recognized, but also the filmmakers that were not. 

A movie a month for 2013

Is it too early to start looking forward to 2013 films?  The earlier the better according to the studios, what with the massive budgets they put behind most of their features.  Audience awareness is one of the keys to big box office so the sooner you know about a film, the more likely it is that you’ll plunk down your hard earned cash for a ticket.  Case in point – television tra

DVD Reviews - 12-26-12

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2012 National Film Registry selections as diverse as ever

Since 1989, the National Film Registry has annually selected 25 American films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”  The purpose of this is to then take a master print of each film, restore it and preserve it so as to “make them accessible to present to future generations of Americans.”  Anyone can nominate a film that is at least 10 years old but the 44-m