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The State of Oscar. 011119. The Fast & The Furious

January 11, 2020

People adjust. People with multimillion budgets adjust easily. The February 9 date of this year’s Oscars have led to whining beyond all whining. “People don’t have time to see all the movies!” “It’s all happening too quick!” “All the other shows are bunched up!” And here is the issue for The Academy. Who cares? The […]

The State of Oscar. 010719. PGA, DGA & The Closing Bell

January 7, 2020

The IrishmanProducers: Jane Rosenthal & Robert De Niro, Emma Tillinger Koskoff & Martin Scorsese Jojo RabbitProducers: Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi JokerProducers: Todd Phillips & Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff Knives OutProducers: Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman Little WomenProducer: Amy Pascal Marriage StoryProducers: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman Once Upon a Time… in HollywoodProducers: David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, […]

The Golden Globes Are Nothing.

January 5, 2020

I was at an event for a distributor, celebrating its Golden Globes nominees and a friend in the industry asked me, “So who is going to win?” Without much thinking, I said, “It doesn’t matter. At all. The Globes aren’t actually a thing.” He was taken aback and frankly, I was taken aback by how […]

The State of Oscar. 123119. Last Minute Please.

December 31, 2019

Voting for nominations is now two days away. Voters may watch another movie or two before they enter the six-day window of voting, but with such a short window, my guess is that even more voters than usual will get their votes in early in the process. It’s hard to imagine that even 20% of […]

The State of Oscar. 122819. Are The Boats Turning?

December 28, 2019

Christmas Day has come and gone and some distributors are happily sleeping, their bellies filled with the comfort of their films’ position. Others are — or should be — getting twitchy. The most comfy of all should be Netflix, for whom absolutely nothing has changed since this holiday window began last Friday the 20th. This […]

Year’s End: Box Office Rorschach, Pt 1 – Whose Disruption Is It Anyway?

December 27, 2019

There is a disease in Hollywood that is also found in many places, more so in 2019 than in the past… though it has certainly been there in the past as well. When it’s about someone else, gossip is fun, even if it might be untrue… but if people are saying it, there must be […]

The State of Oscar. 122319. The Great Settling.

December 23, 2019

It was Bill Condon who coined the phrase, “The Great Settling.” And I have used it every year since I heard it. Because even in a shortened season —perhaps more so — there is a point at which the power to try to convert voters disappears from the efforts of the often-brilliant salespeople (whatever their […]

Review/List: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (SPOILERS!)

December 20, 2019

The Non-Spoiler Review is here. After chewing on this for a bit, I am just going to make a list of things I feel about the film. And I will look forward to added such issues from others. Let me start with the couple of things I loved in the film. I loved the “They […]

Review: Cats

December 18, 2019

I never liked the show, “Cats.” Critics never liked the show, “Cats.” More than 73 million people have bought tickets to the show, “Cats.” And even if just half of them liked it and one-quarter loved it, that’s over 36 million people who will enjoy this movie. Tom Hooper and co-writer Lee Hall didn’t transform […]

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (spoiler-free)

December 18, 2019

The Spoiler Review is here. Just to lay down a sense of my standards for Star Wars… I am a fan, not a fanboy. I have seen all the previous films multiple times. I saw Star Wars on opening weekend 42 years ago. I didn’t hate The Phantom Menace, but I do find Jar Jar […]

The State of Oscars. ShockedShocked Awards Shows Don’t Do Better Than The Industry.

December 12, 2019

I support women directors and the fight to push the industry to embrace them moving forward. I have argued for years that seeding the industry with at least two films a year directed by a woman at every major, as well as pushing for more women in crews. This seems to be taking place this year and it continues in the upcoming year. Progress, albeit slow progress.

The Genius of Jojo Rabbit

December 11, 2019

It’s easy to imagine the dramatic version of this story. But this is a Taika Waititi film, not the sad, solemn Holocaust drama we have seen literally dozens of times. Instead of delivering the adult perspective on the horrors of the moment, Waititi tells the story from the perspective of a 10-year-old.

The State of Oscars. The One About The Actors Awards.

December 11, 2019

And now, ladies and gentlemen, The SAG Nominations. This award season is a corkscrew. Maybe it’s because of the relative brevity. The timetable, except for Oscar, isn’t all that different. Yet, it feels more compact and each group voting for awards seems less influenced by the others. On the other hand, the shape of the […]

The Hollywood Hysteria Cinematic Universe

December 10, 2019

Around a month after the launches of Disney+ and AppleTV+, the complexity of change continues to rear its ugly head all over Hollywood. Don’t misread me… there have been very few days, weeks or months in my experience of the industry known as Hollywood that are not in a state of endless hysteria about the […]

Wim Wenders’ Restored “Until The End of the World” On Blu

December 10, 2019

When we finally got to shoot it, the year 2000 was ten years away, but it was still fun to project ourselves into the future of the audiovisual revolution that had just started,” Wenders observes on the Criterion edition. “The word digital was still only known to some technofreaks. Nobody had any idea that everything was going to be digital: images, text, our whole lives.”

The State of Oscar. 120819. (‘Twas The Night Before “Christ, Who Are These People?”)

December 8, 2019

This is what is so tricky about this business of writing about the status of awards races, all of which lead to Oscar, which is ultimately the only thing that truly matters. I promise, no one whose intro graph includes “Golden Globe Winner” would not prefer it say “Oscar Winner.” Not one. Not even a little.

Golden Globes Nomination Day!

December 8, 2019

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January 18, 2020

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January 18, 2020

"One of the oldest forms of storytelling — gathering around the fire — will be a centerpiece of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s offscreen events. A bonfire is planned for Thursday, January 30, from 430pm to sunset, at the Flagpole parking lot, 557 Swede Alley, Park City. It’s free and open to as many people as space permits."

January 18, 2020

“It’s not racism. We’re the most tolerant, lovely country in Europe. It’s so easy to just throw your charge of racism at everybody and it’s starting to get boring now. I can’t help what I am, I was born like this, it’s an immutable characteristic, so to call me a white privileged male is to be racist — you’re being racist."
English Actor Laurence Fox On BBC Question Time

January 18, 2020

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