Monthly Archives: March 2015

I Will Follow

The best American film of 2014 was, without question, Selma. Its director, Ava DuVernay, was not only robbed the Oscar for Best Director, but was also robbed a nomination (her snub was one of Oscar’s biggest bonehead moves of the last several years). Other than being a one of a kind film experience, Selma left […]

Hickey & Boggs

There’s a cynical, sneering quality to Hickey & Boggs that must have surprised its original audiences back in 1972. Directed by Robert Culp (in his sole feature film venture), and starring Culp and his I Spy co-star Bill Cosby; it was the polar-opposite in attitude and style to that beloved television program. While I Spy […]

Mr. Turner

Consider, for a moment, the face of Timothy Spall. It is clear that he has lived quite a full life; he’s not a young man, he’s experienced. A master of the most subtle facial twitch, Spall can tell you everything you need to know about his characters just by his expressions or posture. Like many […]

25 Films for St. Patrick’s Day

The history of the Irish people is a rich, complex, heroic, tragic and often joyous story, and it should come as no great surprise that there are many, many great films made in Ireland and about Ireland. So, for today, St. Paddy’s, get some corned beef and cabbage, grab a pint of Guinness and watch […]

In Response to the new parody film “Superfast!”

There’s a scene in J.C. Chandor’s recent crime masterpiece, A Most Violent Year, where Abel Morales, the¬†beleaguered heating-oil dealer, is seated at a crowded table in a restaurant backroom after-hours with all of his heating oil competitors. For over two years, Morales has been bullied and harassed by at least one of his business rivals; […]

The Academy Awards: Observations on Oscar

One week ago, the 87th Academy Awards were presented on ABC. It has taken me exactly one week to cool down and compose myself after the Oscars. So, without any further ado, here are some observations and comments I had regarding this year’s Oscar ceremony. * Before the Academy Awards presentation last Sunday, Eddie Redmayne’s […]