Oscars 2012 Pet Peeves – Top Five

5. If it doesn’t make you cry it won’t win Best Picture. Sure, it always helps if you cry but it is hardly a pre-requisite.  Every year there are movies that make you cry in the lineup and they don’t win. War Horse left me a soggy wreck, Extremely Loud and...
Posted On 02 Jan 2013

Parents Reaction to Les Mis

Just hit the you tubes (this is what War Horse did to me, btw): Reminds me of this scene:
Posted On 30 Dec 2012

The Case for Les Miserables

Les Miserables was considered an early frontrunner Oscar’s Best Picture before the race really began. That put it at a disadvantage immediately because most frontrunners are bigger targets when the collective believes they are going to win. It’s better, always, to fly...
Posted On 26 Dec 2012

Interview: Tom Hooper and Les Mis

In 2010, British filmmaker Tom Hooper and his film The King’s Speech seemingly came out of nowhere, to gross over $400 million worldwide and win four Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture. For his next project, Hooper decided to take on a film adaptation of Le...

Les Miserables Review from The Atlantic, for Musical Obsessives, a Must-See

Les Miserables is getting hit pretty hard with some reviews but here’s a positive one from The Atlantic: There are moments in Les Misérables, the movie musical adaptation from The King’s Speechdirector Tom Hooper, that are so rumbling and rousing and righteous that...
Posted On 18 Dec 2012

David Edelstein Says Les Mis is a Tasteless Bombardment but that’s what’s Good About it

David Edlestein has maybe given fans of Les Miserables a review they can cheer about – but it’s hard to tell what he’s really saying – it’s almost he’s saying, it’s a terrible movie but I loved it anyway: The tasteless bombardment that is...
Posted On 10 Dec 2012

The State of the Race: The Land of Hope and Dreams

“This train carries saints and sinners. This train, carries losers and winners.” –Springsteen So much of the Oscar race is built on the precarious ledge of hope. Audiences hope the movies are good. Publicists hope for many nominations and a big payday. Film fans...
Posted On 04 Dec 2012