Oscars Controversies: In Defense of “Crash” (2004)

Paul Haggis's Crash (2004) was well-received upon its release. It has a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, was Roger Ebert's favorite film of the year, earned the SAG award for Best Ensemble, won several Best Original Screenplay awards (including the Writers Guild prize and Academy Award), and (most notoriously) won Best Picture at the 2005 Academy Awards. … Continue reading Oscars Controversies: In Defense of “Crash” (2004)

Why the Oscars Matter

It’s pretty easy to dismiss awards shows, like the upcoming Academy Awards, as pointless. Every awards season, you’ll hear the same mumblings about how the winners don’t really matter, it’s just Hollywood patting itself on the back, and other short-sighted dismissals of the ceremony. To some degree, they are correct; the Academy Awards, and other awards … Continue reading Why the Oscars Matter

Oscars Ballot 2016

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

The Swedish Girl: My Day with Alicia Vikander

Today I got to attend a screening of The Danish Girl, followed by Q&A with co-star Alicia Vikander! The event was held at The Pacific Design Center SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood, CA at 11 am. I got there around 9:30-9:45, where a small line had already formed. I chatted with the people in front of … Continue reading The Swedish Girl: My Day with Alicia Vikander