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

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

10 Films. One Oscar. But Are Any of Them Actually Profound?

Did you miss The Kindlings Muse last month? It was a lively conversation covering all ten of the Best Picture nominees.I discussed the ups and downs of the nominees with Dick Staub, Greg Wright, and... … [Read more...]

The World That the Oscars Forgot, Part One

It's hard to believe.But America is not the only country in the world that makes movies. … [Read more...]


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Hoop Dreams: Why the Academy Snubbed It

At long last, we know the story about why one of the great American documentaries was kicked to the curb by the Academy. Here's the story. … [Read more...]

I’d like to thank the Academy. For inspiring me to watch something else.

Tonight, every seat in my living room was full of movie fans.We had good food, good drinks, and an amazing chocolate-raspberry pie.But you know what we didn't do? … [Read more...]

Your Oscar Speech

Tonight, the millions who tune in to the Oscars will hear dozens of short speeches.A few people who have been blessed with incredible opportunities to do what they do best will go to the microphone, blink back tears, and thank the people who helped them do their work. While the Oscar winners will get the attention, their pictures plastered all over the news for the next 48 hours as if this statuette is actual confirmation that they are the best, the acceptance speeches will indicate, for a … [Read more...]

Oscar predictions… With a Twist

Here are a few of my Oscar predictions, just for the fun of it.Note: These guesses are almost completely divorced from what I think *should* win this year. I won't bother with a full line of predictions because, frankly, I really don't care. The Academy blew it so badly this year, I don't want to guarantee a couple of hours of disgruntled snarling on Sunday night.So we're having some folks over to watch WALL-E and Shotgun Stories.In fact, if you want to see a handful of films that I … [Read more...]

Skip the Oscars this year! Join me, and host a WALL-E party on Feb 22.

The Oscar nominations announced this morning are so spectacularly ridiculous that I'm not going to bother covering any Oscar news this year.How any of those Supporting Actress nominations were chosen over Rosemarie Dewitt in Rachel Getting Married... How The Reader could be chosen over WALL-E (oh, right, it's about The Holocaust!)... How Ron Howard could get a Best Director nomination over Andrew Stanton or Christopher Nolan... How The Fall could be ignored for cinematography... How Bill … [Read more...]

Make your case: Why We Love WALL-E.

It's the most joyous time of the year.Yes, I'm talking about Oscar season. … [Read more...]