Another Year, Another Bunch of Meaningless Awards

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A lot of people are talking about last night's Golden Globes awards. Thank goodness. Just when some interesting discussions were happening about the films of 2012, along comes a show that will drown out those conversations with tsunami of meaningless celebrity buzz. Nothing kills thoughtful consideration of art like turning it into a contest. So, I'll play my small, contrarian role by trying to rekindle the conversations about the artistry in the films that the HFPA decided to call "the … [Read more...]

The Best Films of 2012? Here’s the Indiewire 2012 Critics Poll

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So... was The Master a good movie, or not? What about Lincoln or The Avengers? What about This is 40 or Zero Dark Thirty? This year, I had the honor of becoming one of the film critics rating films for Indiewire. That led to an invitation to vote in their year-end poll on the best films of 2012. 204 film critics voted in this year's Indiewire critics' poll.  … [Read more...]

Where the Golden Globes Went Right or Wrong

As the results come in, I'll be listing the decisions that make some sense, and the decisions that make no sense at all... (And some I'll be ignoring because I don't care.) YES Best Television Series - Drama - Lost You'd better believe it! It stumbles from time to time, but it's full of surprises, great characters, and the sensational cast makes even the forgettable episodes worth watching. Best Actor, Drama - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Fan. Tastic. This really is one of the … [Read more...]