This Week’s DVD Releases: What are they worth?

Worth a Rental: Precious (Lee Daniels, 2009) With Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz. This is going to be a hot title this week, especially since it is fresh off two well-deserved Oscar wins for supporting actress (Mo’Nique) and adapted screenplay.  I loved the movie when I saw it in theaters, … 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 Supporting Actress

The Nominees: Mo’Nique in Precious (I refuse to call it by its full title) Anna Kendrick in Up in the Air Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air Maggie Gyllenhaal in Crazy Heart Penelope Cruz in Nine Let me preface this by saying that this is an extremely weak category this year (as is the … Continue reading

Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

The Nominees: District 9 An Education In the Loop Precious Up in the Air Up in the Air has a total of 6 nominations, and this is the only category that it has a realistic chance of winning.  It has to be considered the odds-on favorite.  Hell, it even beat Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds script at the Golden … 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