Archive | January 2014

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The Ten Best Films of 2013

Firstly, on the occasion of my 28th annual Ten Best Films of the year list, I want to state that I believe that I am wildly misunderstood (boo-hoo for me…like who doesn’t feel that way about themselves, right?). People often refer to me as a film snob. Usually I just smile and nod my head. Often […]

Flashback: on 1935’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream

So pleased that I finally got to see this, and from what I can surmise in its complete original form—including entrance and exit music as was done during the heyday of the gigantic, luxury movie palaces. In my roughly 10-year stretch as an actor, I did manage to land a part in a professional production […]

The Wolf of Wall Street

Nominated for Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Actor(Leonardo DiCaprio)at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Supporting Actor(Jonah Hill)at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Director(Martin Scorsese)at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay(Terence Winter)at the 86th Annual Academy Awards You can spot […]

See my friend Ed Hyland on Broadway in “Machinal”!

It is my attempt each month on the blog to include at least one theatre story, even if I don’t actually see a new play or musical. I pondered a few options for January’s entry, and soon decided, “hey, why not do some promotion for a family friend”! Edward James Hyland is a vastly experienced […]

Congratulations Cuaron!

It still appears that the Oscar for Best Picture will be a three-way race between “American Hustle”, “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity”—but it also is almost a certainty that the Best Director prize for the Academy Award is all locked up. Alfonso Cuaron garnered the DGA award for “Gravity” this past weekend, which history […]

The Hunt

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Annual Academy Awards Mads Mikkelsen has an incredible presence on-screen, and no matter what language his work is in, he’s always extremely interesting to watch. Among the more prominent of his roles these past few years has been a James Bond villain in 2006’s “Casino Royale”, […]

Upstream Color

Fascinating, thought-provoking and meticulously crafted, Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color” is like a tonic given during a haze of mediocrity. It’s the kind of film that receives most of its attention at the Independent Spirit Awards(Shane’s second Best Director nomination, following 2004’s “Primer”)and on the festival circuit(it premiered at Sundance roughly a year ago), but make […]