MCN Commentary & Analysis

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

Okay, once and former Hot Bloggers… here is space for you to communicate amongst yourselves. We are working on a permanent space for this. If you have any subjects you want set up, let me or Ray know. Have a good time!

The State of Oscar. 120119

December 2, 2019

in this shortened season (that should always be this short… it is the right place for The Academy to go, even if they find it inconvenient and uncomfortable) and as many as 10 nominees, there is a lot of room for jostling of candidates just based on how the movies settle in over the next month. Movies and work that seem to be just on the edge could become frontrunners. And frontrunners could fall back farther than we would now imagine.

Thankful 2019

November 28, 2019

2019 has been one of the toughest years in my life. But in the end, the simple facts are, I am pretty healthy, I have a wonderful family, and with the support of a lot of people, I am able to return to the work I have done for most of the last 22 years […]

Welcome to Movie City News 3.o

November 27, 2019

The original Movie City News launched in October 2002. The philosophical core was about curating the best of the news and to add our own take to all of it as well. A lot has changed since then. There were no blogs. The trades were dailies, printed five days a week. The film industry was […]

Review: Little Women (no spoilers)

November 25, 2019

I love Greta Gerwig.

Not romantically. Not sexually. Not in any way outside of knowing her a little, having felt her energy for a few hours over a few years in my life, and seeing her work.

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