BEST PICTURE I'd rank the nominees as: Brooklyn The Revenant Room Mad Max: Fury Road Bridge of Spies The Martian Spotlight The Big Short However, keeping that same number of nominees, I'd lose those bottom 4 and add: Ex Machina 45 Years Inside Out (probably my favorite movie of the year) Star Wars: The Force … Continue reading Oscars Ballot 2016
It's almost time! I didn't see all the movies I wanted to see by Oscar night (tonight!) but I did a pretty decent job, rounding out the Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominees this week. I saw: V/H/S/2 (2012) - I don't know why I'm under the spell of these stupid movies. They're pretty easy … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: February 21-27, 2016
The best horror movies don't stoop to "jump" moments. They gradually get under your skin and stay in your thoughts, dreams, even nightmares long after the end credits roll. We can't look away not to subject ourselves to momentary thrills, but to find out what happens - held in the grip of a rich, complicated … Continue reading The Witch (2016)
Straight Outta Compton is a compelling and maturely filmed historical drama about the rise of N.W.A. and the political context fueling the west coast hip-hop scene.
Remember me to one who lives there. Since I first watched it about ten years ago, The Graduate instantly flew into the swirl of my favorite films. Of course, late middle school / early high school age me didn't fully grasp the complex themes masked by uncomfortable comedy and moody ambivalence, but this classic still spoke to me in … Continue reading Finding Elaine: UC Berkeley in “The Graduate” (1967)
Still chugging along to catch up with Oscar nominees. A highlight of this week was the Countdown to Zootopia programming at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. For the two weeks leading up to the release of Walt Disney Animation Studios's newest film Zootopia, other contemporary Disney films will be shown accompanied by Q&A with cast … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up: February 14-20, 2016
Meet the Robinsons is the story of a good scientist and budding inventor, who struggles to get his inventions right in a world without emotional support or room to experiment. Lewis lives in an orphanage, where his tinkering annoys his roommate Goob, and his ideas often scare off potential adoptive parents. Growing up friendless, and with no … Continue reading Meet the Robinsons (2007)