Which films will be remembered in 50 years?

Posted by · 9:33 am · August 14th, 2009

It is nothing new for a film to be released, find no audience, no critical favor, and disappear to be discovered by a new generation and raised to the level of masterpiece. In fact, this has been going on since the silents. Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece “City Lights” was released four years after the advent of […]

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Those underrated gems of the 1990s

Posted by · 1:08 pm · May 18th, 2009

So here we go again.  The 1990s were an odd decade cinematically, ripe with excellent films, ground-breaking work, innovations as well as a large number of duds. There were also films released to rave reviews that never found an audience. I combed through the decade and came up with 15 films worthy of discussion as […]

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Why does the Academy fear controversy?

Posted by · 10:52 am · November 12th, 2008

In 1969, the Academy saw fit to give “Midnight Cowboy” the award for Best Picture — a first ever for an X-rated film.  Some saw the moment as a bellwether signaling a new dawn for the group, that they were developing a growing acceptance for the films that would start coming at them around this […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 films of 1999

Posted by · 12:48 pm · September 23rd, 2008

Remember that Entertainment Weekly cover from November of 1999?  The headline boldly proclaimed: “The year that changed movies.”  Indeed, it has become nearly a cliche to harp on and on about those 12 months of solid product as a time not equaled since the glory year that was, 1939, but to many, the truth was […]

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Walking away with it

Posted by · 10:40 am · August 30th, 2008

I remember slipping into a small theater in 1987 to see something called “Street Smart,” the new Christopher Reeve film that I had no particular interest in, to be quite honest. Two hours later I emerged knowing two things: Morgan Freeman was a brilliant actor, and he would be nominated for an Academy Award. In […]

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Best of the 90’s

Posted by · 7:43 am · July 4th, 2008

Time is the enemy of all films as it erodes what was once exciting and original. Truly great movies are able to withstand the test of time, but I wonder if enough time has passed to take a look back at the 1990s cinema and make some decisions. There was a major breakthrough in the decade with […]

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Movies that Oscar missed

Posted by · 12:12 pm · May 26th, 2008

As film junkies, we all know it happens. Usually every single year there are one or more films the Academy passes over for Best Picture consideration, in some cases because there are, after all, just five slots available, but in others because, well — they blew it. Like the rest of you, I sit and […]

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