Monthly Archives: January 2012

A couple of thoughts on the SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild awards were handed out last night. No big deal, and no huge surprises. Of course, these awards carry a great deal of prestige because they are given to actors BY actors, and in many ways, makes … Continue reading

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The Artist

What a delight. It definitely helps being a total film nerd when you see it. There are so many film references that make it all the more fun. I noticed references to Singin’ in the Rain, What Price Hollywood?, every … Continue reading

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Surprises/Happy/Sad: Response to the Oscar Nominations

Academy Award nominations have been issued, and as always, there are the usual suspects and the few surprises. There are always surprises, and the fun is in trying to figure out where those surprises are going to be—and then trying … Continue reading

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Red Tails

Red Tails is rousing, brave, extremely well intentioned, a throwback, and historically revisionist. It’s the tale of the Tuskegee Airmen, African-American fighter pilots in World War II. According to producer George Lucas, the film was to be a throwback to … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

The buzz about The Iron Lady is that Meryl Streep is fantastic and the film, just so-so. That’s correct. Sometimes a good film highlights a performance, and that performance is what you walk away remembering. Sophie’s Choice—still in my thinking … Continue reading

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War Horse

I’m a terrible person. I know that I should like War Horse. It’s not even that I am afraid of/resistant to sentimentality. I fully expected this to be a full-throated emotional and sentimental film, and that would have been OK. … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life, Part Two

I’m doing the second part to a review of The Tree of Life because I want to address some issues separately, and I don’t want my thoughts and criticisms to be folded into a review that reflects my utmost admiration … Continue reading

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