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Ranking the Nine 2020 Best Picture Nominees

For the second year in a row, my wife and I managed to see all of the best picture nominees prior to the Oscars. We love movies, and while admittedly this accomplishment is minor, it's also a lot of fun. There are nine nominees this year which is a lot! Some of these movies we [...]

Some Thoughts on Artwork, Decorations, and Culture in the Workplace

Some Thoughts on Artwork, Decorations, and Culture in the Workplace

Yesterday a co-worker came over to tell me some things that were bothering her. Among them, someone who managed the building had come by and told her that she needed to remove some birthday decorations. These decorations stretched to the ceiling above her cubicle, and basically amounted to colorful streamers. I asked my co-worker how [...]

A Book Review of “Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind”

A Book Review of “Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind”

If like the show Entourage, imagine it starring River Phoenix and that's the kind of book you get here. It's all highly entertaining and full of juicy Hollywood backstories and gossip.

What I Liked Least about Oz the Great and Powerful

What I Liked Least about Oz the Great and Powerful

This ain't yo mama o yo papa's Oz. Prior to seeing Oz the Great and Powerful today, I was aware that my favorite reviewer, Dana Stevens of Slate, had given it a terrible review. Her devastating headline: "No brain, no heart, no courage."  After seeing such a scathing (and effective!) headline, I decided not to read the [...]

My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Movies of 2011

With the Oscars coming up tomorrow, I finally decided I needed to finish up this article that I have been slowly working on for a while. Rather than talk about who's likely to win the Oscars, it seems more worthwhile to stick to my guns and just provide a list of my favorite films from last year.