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Reviewing Nightmare Alley From The MIdway

December 9, 2021

Welcome to the show, mother chuckers! For the mere price of a month of Netflix, we will show you the history of man. But not just any man. A man of mystery. A man of beauty. A man born to be a star, born to be hungover, born to hustle and snipe and find your […]

THB #26: 20 Weeks To Oscar – Pizza’s Here!

November 11, 2021

Licorice Pizza. This is the most laid-back Paul Thomas Anderson film ever. Which is to say that you can feel Paul’s willingness to just let it rip. Obviously, there is structure. Obviously, there are clearly considered ideas brought to fruition visually. But there will be no frogs. There will be no surrealism. No milkshakes or […]

THB #16: For The Love of Personal Filmmaking

October 26, 2021

Through this month of October, I have been overwhelmed with 14 in-theater screenings and one “premiere” online. Some have been better. Some worse. But what has struck me, after a year of endless conversation about the financial realities of the film industry going forward, is that almost every single one of these films has been […]

THB #13: 23 Weeks To Oscar

October 20, 2021

In the six weeks since my last Oscar column, here is what has happened Okay… I’m exaggerating a little. We have now had it confirmed that The Last Duel isn’t going anywhere. And Soggy Bottom turned into Licorice Pizza. And oh yes… The Tragedy of Macbeth landed at New York Film Festival and is still […]

What Is The Academy? Where Is It Going? (4/5/21)

October 19, 2021

I wrote this piece back in April 2021 and I never published it because I feared the repercussions. I honor of Dawn Hudson’s exit from the CEO slot – however long it takes – here it comes… unedited since April and without a closing graph or two.) There is a contingent in The Academy of […]

When Will Theatrical Find Its New Normal? (as of Sept. 2021)

September 22, 2021

I was pleased to hear Jeffrey Katzenberg interviewed by angry, middle-aged onanist Kara Swisher and saying, “I think for anybody to sit here today and think that they have a crystal ball, and they can see what this looks like three years from now or five years from now–I’m certainly not capable of doing it. […]

27 Weeks To Oscar: The Trouble With Award Shows (Emmy Edition)

September 20, 2021

Once again, after a forgettable evening of “thank you”s and whining by the permanently aggrieved, Hollywood’s media tries to figure out what went wrong with an awards show. Ans here is my obnoxious, but accurate, answer. Nothing went wrong. Everyone did their part. The Emmys have kept expanding to, now, 117 awarded categories so that […]

29 Weeks To Oscar: The Oscar Season Starts… Or Does It?

September 5, 2021

Venice and Telluride are off to rip-roaring starts. Well… Here are the films that survived the weekend, between the two festivals. Not frontrunners. Not a one of them. But well-liked and in the game… in order… 1. King Richard2. The Power of the Dog (both festivals)3. Belfast 4. Spencer (both festivals)5. Dune 6. Cyrano Half […]

Tweeted: Academy & Oscar (September 3)

September 5, 2021

The problem with The Academy Awards, as a popular TV event, is not the difference between a 2hr 30min show and a 3hr 15min show. It’s about a failure to understand the brand that has been going on for years and years now. If this Matt Belloni report is true, it is profoundly idiotic. “I’m […]

When Chaos Came To Town – Episode II: If 100 Million People Watch A Tree Fall For Two Minutes, Does It Make A Sound?

August 28, 2021

Monday, I looked at what the studios are chasing in streaming (the world)… and the long road ahead. Today, a little about how they are chasing it and the unexpected consequences that are still being mostly unexamined outside of the deep, dark rooms inside the offices of the streamers. A cottage industry has quickly grown, […]

When Chaos Came To Town – Episode I: Everybody Wants To Rule The World

August 23, 2021

There once was a time in this business when they had the eyes of the whole world in theaters! But that wasn’t good enough for them, oh no! They had to have control of the homes of the whole world, too. So they opened their big libraries and out came VHS. DVD! STREAMING! — apologies […]

Uncle David’s House Of Box Office: Reboot

August 2, 2021

I haven’t written about weekly box office in a really long time. Even before the pandemic, it became an overwrought exercise. But Disney has triggered me. I’m not even clear in my own head about what it is that so worries me about their behavior around Black Widow and Jungle Cruise. Even when they announced […]

A Year Later… Movie Content Scoreboard

July 7, 2021

Last year, on July 23, I wrote the first “Movie Content Scoreboard.” I am a little early with this final look at the pandemic effect on choices made on theatrical releases. Front-and-center in the column was a list of The Untouchables… films that seemed, at that point, too significant throw to the whims of exclusive […]

When Netflix Met Cinemark… And Nothing Happened

May 4, 2021

So news today, on May The 4th Be (fill in your favorite), that Cinemark and a bunch of the smaller chains will unite for a 600-screen run for Zack Snyder’s latest masterwork, Army of the Dead, opening in 17 days. There are a lot of ways to look at this. Of course, the expected “they […]

The Little *Oscar Show That Couldn’t

April 26, 2021

“A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The restClung to the hope which springs eternal in the human breast;They thought, ‘If only Casey could but get a whack at that—We’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.’” “Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,The band […]

Gurus o’ Gold Pull Into the Station

April 23, 2021

A handful of dead certs, say the Gurus, taking a nod from the last of the guilds voting.

Can TV Engage Racism Without Being Racist?

April 18, 2021

I ran into this Vulture piece by Angelica Jade Bastién that is presented as a review of a new limited series this week. It is titled, “Them Is Pure Degradation Porn.“ My first reaction was to roll my eyes. I think the series is masterful and perhaps the most significant fictional work on the experience […]

The Gurus Predict Best Picture And Make Three Little Wishes

April 16, 2021

The Gurus foresee Nomadland with The Trial of the Chicago 7 not far behind; each guru reveals Thee Little Wishes for wins that would make them grin.

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Michael Wilmington, 1946-2022

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Reviewing Nightmare Alley From The MIdway

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Spider-Man: No Way Home
The Power Of The Dog
No Time To Die
The House Of God (bilingual)
Raya And The Last Dragon
House Of Gucci

Deadline | January 25, 2022

American Cinema Editors Bestow Career Achievement Awards To Film Editors Lillian E. Benson, ACE and Richard Chew, ACE

January 25, 2022

Hollywood Reporter

Disney: To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community. We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

Hollywood Reporter | January 25, 2022

Peter Dinklage Comments To Marc Maron: “I was a little taken aback when they were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White. You’re still telling the story of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.’ Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You’re progressive in one way and you’re still making that fucking backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the fuck are you doing man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

January 25, 2022

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