The Croods

By Teresa Stone I went to see The Croods thinking it would be Ice Age meets Brave.  While the animation was Brave-esque, the story was compelling enough to hold and keep my adult interest.  I didn’t have to feign interest in one more movie my child liked and I had to...
Posted On 31 Mar 2013
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House of Cards – the Power of One

(minor spoilers) Away from the light and into the darkness the cutthroat tragedy of House of Cards unfolds. Not since The Twilight Zone have the sinister regions of the human psyche been so caustically exposed as they are in the labyrinths of D.C. leadership infested with sly...
Posted On 13 Feb 2013

Cloud Atlas: Appetite of the Soul

“The urge to transcend self-conscious selfhood is, as I have said, a principal appetite of the soul.” ― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception Back in 1999, when I first started Oscarwatch, my daughter was one year old. I had a part time job writing film reviews for a small Santa...
Posted On 16 Oct 2012

Life of Pi: Into the Mystic

“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.” – Albert Einstein The glorious, profound absurdity of it all parades before our eyes in spectacular 3-D in Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of...
Posted On 28 Sep 2012

Oscarwatch: 15 of 2012′s Rising Stars

Each year, a handful of new faces, and occasionally old ones, revel in the celebratory season known as the Oscar race.  It’s either a celebration or a nightmare, depending on how badly you want it.  Many are unprepared to do what it takes — to Marion Cotillard and...
Posted On 26 Sep 2012

The Master Review: A Child Said, What is the Grass?

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk You may be the head of some big TV network You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame You may be living in another country under another name But you’re gonna have to serve somebody –Bob Dylan There is a moment in...
Posted On 14 Sep 2012

Trades break Prometheus embargo

Embargo blown. Nothing new. Variety and THR typically play with a disregard for rules that comes from decades of cavalier entitlement. I always feel like an enabler when posting things that “leak” but I think we know by now nothing much happens in Hollywood by...
Posted On 30 May 2012

Fincher’s Dragon Tattoo: What it Feels Like for a Girl

Men Who Hate Women. That’s what Stieg Larsson called his book, which then became The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. To know this story is to know Larsson. If you forget about him, the key to this story is lost. The story is about men who hate women and the women who fight...
Posted On 31 Dec 2011

War Horse reviews

Solid reviews for War Horse are being rounded up on Metacritic.  Highlights from  few of the best. EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum: Spielberg, attuned to the power of that equine eloquence, gives Joey and his human costars exactly what they need to run free. This is a beautifully...
Posted On 22 Dec 2011

War Horse – So Perfect, So Flawed

It began the year being perceived as the film that would take down Oscar, along the lines of Saving Private Ryan – an unflinching look at WWII.  Probably it was never going to be Schindler’s List, an unflinching look at the Holocaust.  Or maybe along the lines of ET,...
Posted On 19 Dec 2011