Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind

There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either because one film so thoroughly dominated those awards, or because another film didn’t.   Gone with the Wind was the kind of film that Oscar seemed to be made for.  That film swept the Oscars...
Posted On 21 Jan 2014

Oscar Flashback: Could The Pianist vs Chicago Repeat?

Whenever a film comes along that seems “difficult” for Academy voters, but also one as highly praised as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, inevitably people start talking about a potential Best Picture / Best Director split. We know the split. We’ve been...
Posted On 31 Oct 2013

Oscar Flashback: Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine and A Streetcar Named Desire

Now that Blue Jasmine has opened with the best premiere numbers of Woody Allen’s career, the film will be seriously considered for several Oscar nominations – Best Actress for sure, if not Best Picture. But there have been some rumblings in reviews and out of the...
Posted On 30 Jul 2013

Dustin Hoffman on Brainwashing and Invisible Women

“Good day, Dr. Brewster. I said good day sir.” Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie is easily one of the best performances ever by any actor. Hoffman was annoyingly, famously careful in his research bringing this character to life but in the process it made him think differently...
Posted On 07 Jul 2013

Jaws on the 4th and Other Beautiful Things

Over at the Film Experience, Nat has written up an appreciation of George Lucas’ American Graffiti.  That’s his 4th of July pick.  Ours is the other history-making blockbuster. There isn’t a better day in America to enjoy Jaws than the 4th of July.   As the...
Posted On 04 Jul 2013