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 [...]

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.

Roger Ebert Explains the Role of Bathrooms in Movies

Few people know as much about movies as Roger Ebert. Last night I was reading through one of Ebert's recent blog posts. It is about negative criticism directed toward the movie Inception. The post was titled "The Myth of a Perfect Film" (link). While the primary subject matter of the article was interesting, I found this interchange in the comments of the article and thought it was funny and quite observant.

Review: The Secret in Their Eyes

It's hard to know exactly what to think after seeing the Argentine crime film "El Secreto de Sus Ojos" (The Secret in Their Eyes), but it is clear that this is an outstanding film with profound ideas about how we should pursue our passions despite the inevitable tragedies of life. It is storytelling at its most compelling and the pacing is just right. With two charismatic leads, it's no wonder that this film won the 2010 Academy Award for best foreign picture.