Listomania! The best of 2011 is finally here!

1.  Drive – My high school English teacher told me there’s no such thing as a “perfect piece of art.”  He might even agree that Drive is about as close as you can get.  It’s my favorite film since Zodiac.  ‘Nuff said. 2.  The Tree of Life – This film takes me to a place few … Continue reading

Finally, my “best of 2010” list has arrived.

Reviews for most of these films can be found on my blog but I didn’t bother inserting a clickable link for each title.  You can find the titles on the handy alphabetical list to the right or simply utilize the search feature on my blog.  Thanks! Top Ten Films of 2010: The Fighter Mesrine The … Continue reading

Spring Report Card

I think it’s safe to say that the movie year can be split into three very distinct seasons.  They are as follows: Spring (January – April).  I like to call this “dumping season” because we get a lot of B-type releases and typical genre pictures.  These movies generally aren’t strong enough to warrant awards promotion … Continue reading

Random Oscar Thoughts

Here is a completely misquided collection of things that went through my mind last night while watching the Oscars. Where the hell was Farrah Fawcett during that memorial segment?  I guess she didn’t make the cut.  How the fuck are Michael Jackson and Brittany Murphy more deserving of making it?  Apparently dying of a drug … Continue reading

Final Oscar Predictions

Here are my final projections for tomorrow’s Academy Awards. Best Picture: The Hurt Locker Actor: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart Actress: Carey Mulligan for An Education Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique for Precious Director: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds Adapted Screenplay: Jason … Continue reading

Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

The Nominees: Avatar The Blind Side District 9 An Education The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious A Serious Man Up Up in the Air First off, 10 nominations is ridiculous.  It completely cheapens the award.  In any given year, there are only 2 or 3 (at most) nominees that have a realistic chance of winning anyway.  … Continue reading

Oscar Predictions: Best Director

The Nominees: Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker James Cameron for Avatar Lee Daniels for Precious Jason Reitman for Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds Surprisingly, this has turned out to be the most interesting competition this year (outside the one for “Best Picture”), at least from a “drama” standpoint.  For what … Continue reading

Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

The Nominees: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia Helen Mirren for The Last Station Carey Mulligan for An Education Gabourey Sidibe for Precious Like I said in my supporting actress post, this category is extremely weak this year.  I can’t help but think that if some of last year’s … Continue reading

Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

The Nominees: Colin Firth for A Single Man Morgan Freeman for Invictus Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart George Clooney for Up in the Air This is an exceptionally strong category this year.  Last year we had Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke and three guys who didn’t have a shot.  All … Continue reading

Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

The Nominees: Woody Harrelson in The Messenger Matt Damon in Invictus Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones Christopher Plummer in The Last Station Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds I didn’t even realize this until now, but I’ve only seen two of these movies (Basterds and Invictus).  The Messengers looks great but was only seen by about … Continue reading