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Review: The Invisible Man

February 25, 2020

Cord Cutter Diary: The First Cut

February 21, 2020

I was planning to cut the cord a year ago. My DirecTV bill was around $180 a month and they announced that they were going to raise the price another $10 a month. DirecTV Now (as it was then known) was around $50 a month. HBO was free with my AT&T unlimited phone plan. Showtime […]

The State of Oscar. 021620. Oscar’s Climax (Pt 3 – Meaning).

February 16, 2020

I’ve been anxious to write this column… and avoiding it… for a week. The biggest problem is that I don’t want to be guilty of what most of the writing on the Parasite win has been… a clear reflection of a predetermined set of beliefs that would have been reflected in a specific way, regardless […]

The State of Oscar. 021020. Oscar’s Climax (Pt 2 – The Show Review).

February 11, 2020

The show, simply, sucked. And the first big reason it sucked was because of the producers and The Academy paying endless homage to diversity in a way that was so ham-fisted and poorly managed that it felt like a husband whose wife caught him in their bed with 2 strippers and a donkey trying to […]

The State of Oscar. 021020. Oscar’s Climax (Pt 1 – The Rundown).

February 10, 2020

Simply… a rundown of the show… with a few bits of commentary. Janelle Monáe opens the show with an homage to a movie that was not nominated that turns into a really cool number paying homage to other movies that were not nominated. (There was a dancing Joker, and other costumes represented Dolemite Is My […]

The State of Oscar. 020920. Cancelling The Oscars.

February 9, 2020

There is so much to dig through that this was intended to be two columns. But it’s the day before Oscar and these pieces have sat on my desktop for two days and F.X. Feeney is dead and Orson Bean was killed while jaywalking at 91 and I don’t feel like tearing anyone specific a […]

The State of Oscar. 020420. Rebuilding The Oscar Season (Pt 2)

February 4, 2020

Final voting closes today and I want to suggest another way to tear the whole thing up. As discussed in the last column, I am putting aside all the reasons why change is agonizing in The Academy. My thought is to look at all the problems with current system and to devise a better way […]

Hamilton Flips The Streaming Script. Produced For TV, It Commits To Theatrical

February 4, 2020

The first story that everyone was all over after Lin-Manuel Miranda let the public know that Hamilton was coming to The Big Screen was the price tag. Disney paid $75 million, plus a commitment to a full theatrical release. In every story was also the fact that the “film” of Hamilton was shot live on […]

The State of Oscar. 012920. Rebuilding The Oscar Season (Pt 1)

January 29, 2020

One of the great movie experiences I had in 2019 was Apocalypse Now: The Final Cut. Francis Coppola did a recut of the film, after the original, the Redux, and however many TV and airplane cuts, and you could see in the film that he had opened to the door to changing every single moment […]

The State of Oscar. 012020. The Sadness of the Long Distance (Oscar) Runner.

January 20, 2020

It struck about halfway through the SAG Awards on Sunday night… which followed the PGAs on Saturday… which followed the ACE Awards on Friday… which followed Oscar nominations last Monday… which followed BFCA/CCAs on Sunday… which followed LAFCA on Saturday… which followed NBR on Wednesday… which followed NYFCC on Tuesday… which followed The Globes on […]

My Top 10 Motion Pictures (+10) For 2019

January 17, 2020

It turned out to be a pretty terrific year for film. Movies you can watch repeatedly and keep mining new stuff and reassessing old without getting bored. I stuck to 20 motion pictures, overall. Two sets of 10. And the only hierarchical order within the two groups is for my top choice. Top 10 Motion […]

The State of Oscar. Nomination Morning, 2020

January 13, 2020

I’ve been explaining this for years. People don’t want to understand. Next year’s Oscars are already down to 60 films being taken seriously. By March, the number will be down to 45. By the end of July, the number will be down to about 30. About 23 of those 30 (or so) will go to […]

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 […]

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