Monthly Archives: January 2013

Omissions from A to Z: Oscar Nominations for 2012

The Oscar nominations are out, and they are both predictable and surprising-bordering-on-shocking. With the possibilities of up to 10 pictures getting a Best Picture nod, the suspense in that category is related more to “how many?” than who gets in. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thoughts on the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards are fun, and aren’t really meant to be taken seriously. Yes, sometimes it creates a phony buzz around a film that some folks tie into what happens with the Academy Awards. This year, the nominations for … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Django Unchained

My film students know full well how much I don’t “appreciate” the work of Quentin Tarantino. I softened a bit with Inglourious Basterds, a lusciously filmed work that contained genuine moments of love, suspense, and an acknowledgement of historical tragedy. … Continue reading

Posted in Newer films | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Les Misérables

Les Misérables succeeds on so many levels, I almost lost count. In many ways, it’s a film in the narrow category of films made from sung-through musicals. In that context, it really only has The Phantom of the Opera to … Continue reading

Posted in Newer films | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment