As I mentioned in October's edition of "This Film is Not Yet Watchable," the new version of Dune is that ultra-rare film that not only clears the bar to pass my personal "Remake Rule," it offered multiple reasons to outright endorse the effort, at least from what I could see in the trailer. You have … Continue reading Grand Scale, Small Voices – Dune
I've mentioned before that the films of Wes Anderson are fairly hit and miss for me. He is no doubt a great writer and spectacular visual artist, creating brilliantly whimsical set pieces that feel like living in a painting at times. But how that fanciful approach hits you is essentially a crap shoot. For me, … Continue reading As Fun As Having a Magazine Read to You – The French Dispatch
I love October. It honestly might be my favorite month of the year. My mother's birthday is at the beginning, and my nephew's is at the end. There's costumes and candy to be had on Halloween, as well as some good-natured scares. When I lived on the east coast, it was the time when fall … Continue reading This Film is Not Yet Watchable – October 2021
I've noted in this space multiple times that I do not care for remakes and reboots, because more often than not, they're just cynical cash grabs by the studios, taking advantage of an audience that doesn't care to notice. Every once in a great while I do enjoy them, though, and will watch them with … Continue reading Even the Saddest Moments Can Spark Joy – Little Women
Last year was a tremendous boon for Netflix when it came to the Oscar stage. The success of Roma (as well as The Ballad of Buster Scruggs to a lesser extent, not to mention a slew of documentaries over the years), followed by the Academy's rebuke of traditionalists like Steven Spielberg emboldened the world's premiere streaming … Continue reading DownStream – Netflix and Shill, Part 1
With Oscar nominations coming up on Tuesday, there are two more films from 2018 that I want to see and review during the holiday weekend. It's very possible that with these two in the books, I might be so far ahead of the curve that I'll only have the Short categories to tackle for this … Continue reading Drugs are Bad, Mmkay? – Beautiful Boy
Now that the Golden Globes are out of the way, and Awards Season is in full swing, it's time for the rest of the minor ceremonies to announce their nominees. We've already had the Independent Spirit and SAG nods for a while, but in the last few days we've also accumulated announcements from the Writers … Continue reading Let the Undercard Bouts Begin! – Guild and BAFTA Nominees Announced
In the continuing quest to get as much advance knowledge as possible before next year's Oscar Blitz begins, we now have the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Like the Golden Globes, they're divided into movies and TV, and we only care about the movie side here. You can find the entire announcement at … Continue reading Insert “Sagging” Joke Here – Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced!
I hope you enjoyed my weeklong streak of reviews, and if not, I hope you enjoyed the week off you had from my ramblings. I was on vacation, visiting my family in upstate New York, introducing them to my girlfriend, and meeting my newborn nephew. He was due this week, but he came early on … Continue reading Gaga on Dick – Golden Globe Nominees Announced!
We're down to the final three categories, and tonight we deal with the last one that I actually finished this year. It's always interesting to me to see which category ends up being the final one to wrap up the blitz. Two years ago, the first time I completed every film, it was Foreign Language, … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2018 – Best Actor