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

Oscar Flashback: Why is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Work Ignored by the Academy?

Leonardo DiCaprio is heading into his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese with The Wolf of Wall Street this November. He is Scorsese’s Jimmy Stewart — a laced-up-to-the-collar everyman put in extraordinary circumstances. He anchors Scorsese’s camera by...
Posted On 18 Jun 2013

Oscar Flashback: When the Gatekeepers are Wrong

We Oscarwatchers put a lot of faith in the gatekeepers — those bloggers and critics who see movies first, review them, assess their merits, and assign them into meaningful categories. The public at large have, for the most part, discarded critical consensus when it comes to...
Posted On 15 Jun 2013

All Hell Broke Loose on Steel Magnolia’s Set

File this one under “truth is stranger than fiction.”  You hear rumors throughout the years about famous people on movie sets. How do you know what to believe? But this story, about how mean director Herbert Ross was to Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton may be the stuff...
Posted On 26 Apr 2013

Speaking of Romeo and Juliet…

I don’t think any actors have ever captured it better than Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Fiennes.
Posted On 13 Apr 2013

Oscar Flashback – Siskel and Ebert do 1978 Predictions

Ah, the good old days when the Oscars were still a mystery. Siskel gets Best Actor right. Part two after the jump.
Posted On 04 Apr 2013