LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1985 and 1986

Posted by · 5:29 pm · October 19th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. 1985 saw “Out of Africa” win the top prize in another instance where I’ve only seen one of the Best Picture nominees. I don’t know what it is about this period, but hardly any of the films jump out as necessary viewing when looking back on […]

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Cheer up, Meryl — you have your masterpiece

Posted by · 6:03 pm · August 28th, 2009

You may well have spotted this very funny (and frequently accurate) Onion piece doing the web rounds today, in which a writer claiming to be Meryl Streep shoots down her career with all the withering disdain of Miranda Priestly. The gist of the argument is that, as fine an actor as Streep is, she has […]

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And often, the Academy gets it right…

Posted by · 10:53 am · July 30th, 2008

As much as I rant about some of the bizarre choices made by the Academy, let’s be fair…there are times when they are right on the money. The AMPAS allowed for an embracing of the New American cinema with their awards for Best Picture and Best Director for “Midnight Cowboy” in 1969, and only they […]

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Why I will miss Sydney Pollack

Posted by · 12:39 pm · May 29th, 2008

It has now been nearly four days since filmmaker Sydney Pollack passed away. The loss was not crippling for me, however, because of equal parts expectancy and, strangely, indifference. As fine a filmmaker as Pollack was, he was always something of an afterthought in my cinema-going experience. I want to be measured here, because the […]

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