The Hater’s Guide to the Oscars

The Hater’s Guide to the Oscars “Is there some sort of law that any new landmark moviemaking technological achievement must be done in service of a script written by a fucking 14-year-old? I bet it’s called Cameron’s Law. “Hey guys, let’s spend a few years literally inventing a spaceship so that we can film a…

WINTER’S TALE Review – *½

Where to start with this damned thing? Spoilers out the ass, but you don’t care. Every so often, there’s a film–usually a bad one–that has the stink of a flop all over it. But not just any kind of a flop–an ambitious flop, one that money was clearly spent on, one that was probably mauled…

The NBR Project

I’ve attempted to do this a couple of times before, but never gotten very far. The National Board of Review has been announcing Top 10 lists of films since 1929, making them almost as old as the Academy–and since they have always cited 10 films, while the Academy for many years cited only 5, you…

2014: Most Anticipated Films

So here, for your reading pleasure, is a list of 210 films I’m looking forward to this year. The first 3 blocks are mostly the really big stuff, the stuff everyone (or at least most film buffs) will know about. Beyond that…I’m digging into the little movies, stuff I might never even see, but which,…

THE LEGO MOVIE Review – ***½

MILD SPOILERS. I’m not going to write my most in-depth review here. I actually saw the film over a week ago, and am only just now reviewing it, so it’s not perfectly fresh in my mind. But no matter. The response to this film has been insane. It’s not only been a huge hit (at $143.8…

My 3rd Annual Film Awards: The Official Nominees

Picture: Captain Phillips Her Nebraska Prisoners Short Term 12 Spring Breakers A Touch of Sin 12 Years a Slave Upstream Color The Wolf of Wall Street Director: Shane Carruth (Upstream Color) Spike Jonze (Her) Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers) Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin) Actor: Bruce Dern (Nebraska) Leonardo…

Longlists to Nominees: Picture

Here it is. The big one. And yet, this could be the easiest category to do. Read on and see why. Captain Phillips Computer Chess Frances Ha From Up on Poppy Hill Frozen Her Mud Nebraska Prisoners Rush Short Term 12 Side Effects Spring Breakers To the Wonder A Touch of Sin 12 Years a…