Armchair Oscars – 2015

Armchair Oscars – 2015

Best Picture THE WINNER: Spotlight (Directed by Tom McCarthy) The Nominees: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room MY CHOICE: Inside Out (Directed by Peter Docter) My Nominees: Carol (Todd Haynes), Creed (Ryan Coogler), Ex Machina (Alex Garland), 45 Years (Andrew Haigh), The Revenant (Alejandro González […]

| January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
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The Life and Times of a Princess: Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

The Life and Times of a Princess: Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

As a child, I think Princess Leia may have been my first love. If, like me, you grew up in the generation of little kids whose first movie going experience was Star Wars, then it was hard not to fall in love with the princess and by extension Carrie Fisher.  How could I not have […]

| December 27, 2016
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Moana (2016)

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Moana (2016)

Disney’s Moana finally crosses my path almost a month after its national debut, right here on Christmas Day – a little mele kalikimaka from America’s unofficial dream factory. My first observation: It’s Disney, it’s very very Disney, from top to bottom.  This movie couldn’t be Disney if you showed it in the theme park in […]

| December 25, 2016
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Rogue One (2016)

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Rogue One (2016)

It is understandable to approach Rogue One – the Star Wars saga’s first stand-alone adventure – with a touch of trepidation.  Massive experiments in narrative time-bending have never been this series’ strong point.  I must admit that, up until I saw the movie, I had been predicting that it would be a stem-to-stern appetizer, a movie […]

| December 16, 2016
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Jackie (2016)

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Jackie (2016)

There is an odd musical cue at the very beginning of Pablo Larrain’s historical drama Jackie that sounds as if it might be more at home in a horror movie.  The best way to describe it is to ask you to imagine that the score is imitating an oncoming train.  This musical beat plays several […]

| November 29, 2016
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

There is an uneasy dual identity to the whole Harry Potter world that no self-respecting super-fan might ever want to admit.  The cute spectacle of mail owls and Bowtruckles have always had to fight for space amid Death Eaters, torture spells and portents of doom fit for a horror show.  In the books, it is […]

| November 26, 2016
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Doctor Strange (2016)

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Doctor Strange (2016)

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the rare actors who can pull off smug, self-serious arrogance without pushing you away. It is a fine line that he walks. You know he’s the smartest guy in the room, the guy who stands back while others yammer on with petty concerns until he grows tired of their misconceptions […]

| November 3, 2016
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 15: Lady and the Tramp (1955)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 15: Lady and the Tramp (1955)

“In the whole history of the world there is but one thing that money cannot buy . . . to wit – the wag of a dog’s tail.” – Josh Billings Lady and the Tramp opens with this lovely statement and thankfully never backs away from it.  This is a movie in love with dogs.  […]

| October 16, 2016
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