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The 93rd Academy Awards: As strange and bizarre as the times we’re living in

The 93rd Academy Awards: As strange and bizarre as the times we’re living in

This isn’t going to be the usual rundown of who won and who didn’t.  This year’s Oscars were so bizarre that one can only focus on how it all went down. Really, it was hard to wrap your head around the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.  The only constant has been the commentary.  Waking up this […]

| April 26, 2021
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The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Stardust Memories (1980)

The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Stardust Memories (1980)

This episode, Jerry asked Doug to revisit Woody Allen, which Doug did grudgingly (as explained in the episode) and Jerry chose, of all things, Stardust Memories (1980), Allen’s attempt at Fellini and Sturges while also mocking his audience and critics, it’s not one of Allen’s best…which is being generous to some, but it is worth […]

| April 25, 2021
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My Annual (and confidently accurate) Predictions for Oscars in every category

My Annual (and confidently accurate) Predictions for Oscars in every category

Oh what a year!  Well . . . in terms of Oscar – 14 months!  This has been the longest Oscar year in it’s 93 year history and with the shifting tides of streaming and the withering of the theater experience – plus a pandemic that shelved many of Hollywood’s key films, this year’s Oscars […]

| April 24, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: The Trial of the Chicago 7

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: The Trial of the Chicago 7

When I saw The Trial of the Chicago 7 back in October, I was so ecstatic that I declared it one of my favorite films of the year.  Let me explain. At that moment, the date was October 16th and the United States was in a crisis state.  COVID-19 vaccinations were still a floating question […]

| April 24, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Sound of Metal

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Sound of Metal

At last!  After, arguably, the strangest year in movie history, The 93rd Academy Awards are almost here – just 9 days from now.  And to get ready, I’m taking a look at each of the eight films selected as Oscar’s best.  Are they?  Are they really? Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal could easily play on a […]

| April 23, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Promising Young Woman

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Promising Young Woman

At last!  After, arguably, the strangest year in movie history, The 93rd Academy Awards are almost here – just 9 days from now.  And to get ready, I’m taking a look at each of the eight films selected as Oscar’s best.  Are they?  Are they really? Okay, so this year’s Best Picture nominees made a wide […]

| April 22, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Nomadland

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Nomadland

At last!  After, arguably, the strangest year in movie history, The 93rd Academy Awards are almost here – just 9 days from now.  And to get ready, I’m taking a look at each of the eight films selected as Oscar’s best.  Are they?  Are they really? Of all the emotional moments that I had at the […]

| April 21, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Minari

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: Minari

I have a general hatred for family dramas.  They almost always feel phony.  The characters always feel like disassociated actors pushed into the same scene, forced through drama that is hoisted up to the 10th level at every turn.  The worst example was Ron Howard’s adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy, which gets everything wrong.  The lovely […]

| April 20, 2021
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