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

Debating Lincoln, Defining History

From history professors to civil rights leaders, Spielberg’s Lincoln has become a bit of a hot-button issue, not quite on the level of hysteria Zero Dark Thirty has stirred up, but enough of a “whisper campaign” to be a threat.  This is the way it is in Oscar...
Posted On 17 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

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

Buzz is a funny thing. Just because Oscar pundits think they know the buzz before the buzz starts, there’s no mistaking it once it gets here. Right now, the movie that has all of the buzz is Zero Dark Thirty, right behind it is Lincoln. Both films won three awards at the...
Posted On 03 Dec 2012

Picture of the Day – “Slavery Sir? It’s done.”

Sent to me by Robert McNamara from - The Louisiana Democrat. (Alexandria, La.) 1845-1918, December 14, 1859. Worth fighting a bloody civil war over.
Posted On 02 Dec 2012