Well folks, I finally did it. As of Monday I have completed the Documentary Feature shortlist. No matter which five films are nominated next Tuesday, I will have seen and processed them. It turns out that the reason I could see them all was through an Academy program called "Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries." It's a new … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Achievement Unlocked!
There are 15 films that have been shortlisted for the Documentary Feature Oscar. When the list was announced, I had seen a grand total of three. I have endeavored each of the last two years to see all 15 potential nominees before they're announced at the end of January, as it tends to be a … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – The To-Doc List
As Awards Season kicks itself into high gear, there's an overwhelming glut of movies to watch, especially now, in the age of streaming services. Filmmakers and content creators from all over the world have more outlets than ever to get their work to the masses, and into consideration for the industry's highest honors. It's in … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts: Chillin’ with Netflix
My apologies for not updating over the last couple of weeks. I'm in the middle of a new assignment which has required long hours, so not only do I have limited time to write, but there's less and less time to actually see new movies. There are two new reviews coming this week, but in … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts: More Docs in the Stream
As most of you know, the name of this blog is a slight misnomer. I'm not made of money, so I don't exactly fork over full box office price for every movie I see. A year ago, I joined MoviePass when they began their $9.95 sale. It made complete sense. Unlimited movies for the monthly … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts: Do Not Pass Movies
It should come as no surprise that I like documentaries. I've reviewed quite a few on here already, and I obsessed over the challenge of seeing all 15 short-listed feature docs before the Oscar nominations even came out (I fell one short - sonofabitch!). I concede that I don't know much about the craft or … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – What’s Up, Docs?
I've had about a week to recover from Avengers: Infinity War, so as promised, it's time to finally go through and do a nice little quickie journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As I mentioned in my review, before undertaking the task of seeing the entire MCU to get full context, I had originally only seen … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Across the Universe
It was a rough weekend for me as a movie fan. I saw three films, only one of which I loved (two new reviews coming), but most importantly, we lost two titans of cinema with the deaths of director Miloš Forman and actor R. Lee Ermey. These probably hit me more than they hit you, … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Legends Fall
As promised at the end of this year's Oscar coverage, I'm going to start doing a (hopefully) regular feature where I just talk about something random in the movie world. I call it "Back Row Thoughts," because I'm the idiot in the back row. This space may be used for bloc reviews, lists, general musings, … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Recommendations and Remakes