Not Gonna Bow: Notes on the Oscars

"We will not bow! Not until you acknowledge that Tom Hanks was snubbed!"

[This post was originally published here on January 16, 2013. I'm revising and reposting it on the occasion of Oscar Sunday.]It appears that a lot of people have completely misunderstood what cinema is for, concluding that it's all some big cockamamie competition. … [Read more...]

Hey, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, and Ang Lee: What’s Your Verdict?

Name That Coen Brothers Movie. (Hint: It won an award at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.)

What film prize means more to filmmakers around the world than an Oscar?That prize was given to another film today.And most American moviegoers — munching popcorn and slurping corn syrup this holiday weekend as they watch disposable, factory-made films like Fast and Furious 6, The Hangover 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, or Epic —  won't even notice that it happened. … [Read more...]

A (Temporary) Farewell to Film Review Work

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On this day full of Oscar noise, I'm beginning a sabbatical from film reviewing, except for what I post here.I'm stepping down from my work at Image's Good Letters blog, from my (brand new) job at Reel Spirituality, and from all other review-related assignments outside of my day job at SPU. I do so out of necessity, and feel nothing but gratitude toward those who have encouraged me there.This will be the first time I've lived without film-review deadlines since, well... about 1997. … [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...]

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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[July 2012 Update: In the buzz of recent Hollywood news, we've learned that Jennifer Connelly will reunite with Russell Crowe for Darren Aronofsky's epic retelling (reinvention?) of the story of Noah, the Ark, and the Deluge. That inspires me to look back at Crowe and Connelly's last collaboration, the Academy Award-winning film A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard. Here's my original review—perhaps "rant" is a more appropriate word—with some minor revisions. It's almost ten years old now, bu … [Read more...]

Oscar Night on Sunday

On Friday night, in Calgary, AB, I'll be speaking about the Oscars, the movies Oscar overlooked, and taking the road less traveled to a life of rewarding, life-changing, "dangerous" moviegoing.On Saturday night I'll be flying home to Seattle.On Sunday night... … [Read more...]

Oscar predictions.

Based on my experience of watching and reading about the Academy Awards in past years, here are my Oscar predictions... … [Read more...]

Thursday is Oscar Day at Seattle Pacific University

This Thursday at Seattle Pacific University, in the Library's "Thursday Food for Thought" program, I'll be sharing some thoughts on the nine films nominated for Best Picture in this year's Oscar race. … [Read more...]

What the Oscars Overlooked

Let's revisit the ten films that earned Best Picture nominations. What did they really have to offer? … [Read more...]

A Live Seattle event: Discuss Oscar’s 10 Best Picture Nominees with Dick Staub, Me, and Others.

Mark your calendars, Seattlites... … [Read more...]


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