“A MOST VIOLENT YEAR.” When Good Films Are Passed Over


Having just watched J.C. Chandor’s latest film, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, I was yet again reminded of how easily terrific filmmakers and layered storytellers get tossed aside in the face of all the brouhaha that are the Oscars.

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a terrific film with complex characters that don’t offer simple answers to difficult questions. It is also a film I was told by a number of friends to “pass” on. That’s what I was also told about Chandor’s ALL IS LOST. I almost missed both films and I am SO thrilled that I didn’t as both hold places in my favorite films of their respective years. You can read my review and commentary on ALL IS LOST here.

Tackling My Oscar Blues While Celebrating “BIRDMAN”


For anyone who has read my posts here for any length of time, you know that I have some serious issues with the Oscars. It wasn’t always that way and, perhaps, that is part of my struggle. Like many cinephiles out there, the Academy Awards were, as a kid, a big draw for me. IContinue reading “Tackling My Oscar Blues While Celebrating “BIRDMAN””

Oscar Voting Part 2: Another Academy Voter Shares Their Honest Reasons For Voting


Here’s another Academy Voter’s honest reasons for voting as he does. His tastes are certainly better than the woman referenced in my previous post, but there is still an innate lack of daring in this viewer, a complete lack of layered storytelling sensibility on display here. VOTER PROFILE: A longtime member of the Academy’s 387-memberContinue reading “Oscar Voting Part 2: Another Academy Voter Shares Their Honest Reasons For Voting”

The Lack Of Irony & Self-Awareness That Is “AMERICAN SNIPER”


Alert: Spoilers I knew before seeing the film AMERICAN SNIPER that its politics were not in sync with mine. I’d heard enough from friends and from the news to know that people were having serious issues with the film while others were celebrating it. Yet I tried to know as little as possible about theContinue reading “The Lack Of Irony & Self-Awareness That Is “AMERICAN SNIPER””

Terrifying Academy Voter’s Honest Reasons For How She Votes


This article in the Hollywood Reporter encapsulates, in large part, why I will never watch the Oscars again. The woman interviewed here is the embodiment of why Academy voters are downright hazardous to the world of cinema. Granted, this is only one person, but based on the nominations each year, I’d say she is probably a prettyContinue reading “Terrifying Academy Voter’s Honest Reasons For How She Votes”

Grateful Dead 50th Reunion Event: Impressions & Struggles


We all knew that the remaining members of the Grateful Dead were probably going to do SOMETHING to celebrate the 50 year mark. I was curious and a little uncertain about how I felt at the idea of celebrating the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary 20 years after Jerry Garcia’s death. Since that epic loss, the GratefulContinue reading “Grateful Dead 50th Reunion Event: Impressions & Struggles”

BAFTA, like the Oscars… Unable To Raise The Bar. Again.


Is it wrong that I hold films up to a higher standard than the average awards ceremony? That’s a good thing, right? Film as an art form and as entertainment (they are not mutually exclusive) is something that is immensely important to me. This is why I am forever disappointed when awards season rolls aroundContinue reading “BAFTA, like the Oscars… Unable To Raise The Bar. Again.”

Silberman’s Love Song To Garcia, The Grateful Dead & The Heavens Themselves


It’s always been a challenge for me explain to non-Dead Heads what the Grateful Dead experience is for me. It’s been such a lifelong love, has moved and changed me in so many ways, opened me up to things I never knew existed. It enhanced and strengthened my desire and ability for exploration, both externallyContinue reading “Silberman’s Love Song To Garcia, The Grateful Dead & The Heavens Themselves”