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The Wind Rises

Some of you might actually be amazed by how much I think the Oscars is full of shit. The Academy Awards get a lot of coverage on this blog, as well as special focus and analysis on the national radio show that I am the film and arts contributor for. But I DO realize it’s […]

The Final Word on Oscars 2015

Needed a few days break to absorb all this post-Oscar posturing. Excited to begin the new season (like it or not, I’ll soon be bringing you my very first review of a 2015 released film–“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 3D”…can you stand the wait?!), after an extremely average (for me, anyway) 6-for-9 prediction […]

Oscar Predictions 2015, Part Two

It’s noon on Oscar Sunday, and on to the three toughest categories of the night. No, really…they really are! With one reluctant adjustment from my broadcast picks. Damn…but I’m still holding on to a slight sliver of hope! Best Original Screenplay: the winner is Wes Anderson for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. But what about “Boyhood” and “Birdman”? Here’s […]

Oscar Predictions 2015, Part One

Is it that time of year again? Ballots filled out, winners decided, hours away from the results. It’ll be exciting, frustrating, and most likely loooong. Get ready for the Julianne Moore standing ovation, and the final face-off in the battle of the titans. Will it be “Birdman” or “Boyhood”…because this is a two-horse race folks. […]


Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Netflix goes 2-for-2 with Best Documentary Feature nominations, after last year’s “The Square”, and now this. And “Virunga” is possibly the more cohesive of the pair, so the movie rental service (and lately, original programmer) is getting better at the game. Of course, the […]

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Annual Academy Awards Yeah, I enjoyed this. It was an arctic cold Friday night by the fireplace, with my 9 and 7-year-old boys, and we had a lot of fun with the latest adventures of Hiccup the Viking and Toothless the Dragon (a little microwave popcorn and […]


Here’s the annual problem with the mainstream press listing Oscar nomination snubs–who do you leave out, to bolster another, is almost never discussed. This year’s Best Actress nominees are Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Julianne Moore and Reese Witherspoon–all lauded performances. Okay–so who doesn’t belong? I bet we’d all pick someone different. My choice […]