Weekly DVD Rundown

Worth a rental: Crazy Heart (Scott Cooper, 2009) With Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell. I watched this again over the weekend, but I don’t have much to add to my theatrical review other than the fact that the quality of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance became much more apparent this time around.  There … 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

2009: The Year in Review

It has been a great year at the movies.  For the first time ever, the yearly domestic box-office reached $10 million.  This number represents a 9% rise in ticket sales over last year’s total.  With the economy making an impact on the spending habits of so many people, it seems that many Americans are opting … Continue reading