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What the Academy Awards are Really About

The Academy Awards exist to sell tickets, particularly for Hollywood movies. Which is why American studios and American movie stars dominate the event. There’s nothing particularly evil about that; every industry promotes itself. Movies cost megabucks to make, after all, … Continue reading

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The Best Movies of 2018

Part Two To read Part One (Comedies and Action Movies) click here. Best Dramas BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee’s best film in years. Not quite up there with Do the Right Thing or Malcom X, but still fires on all four … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2017

Best Drama Darkest Hour – A powerful, and surprisingly moving presentation of Churchill’s (Gary Oldman) lovingly cranky leadership of Britain on the eve of World War II. The stirringly Capra-esque ending tugged unexpected tears from my eyes. The Shape of … Continue reading

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Movie Theaters I Have Loved

I was born loving movies, but seldom give proper credit to those magical rooms where movies blaze to life. So here are a few I have loved. The Meralta Theater in Downey, California was where my addiction began. I saw … Continue reading

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My Ten Favorite Movies of 2017 – So Far

I have lots of room in my heart for “mainstream” movies. You know, the ones people actually watch. I saw a film aficionado’s list of the 50 Best Movies of the 21st Century recently and suddenly felt terribly unsophisticated. Not … Continue reading

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A Filmmaker’s Journal

Something Real “Faith-based” movies are in the toddler stage. Hollywood only began to realize there was a large audience for such films when The Passion of the Christ sold massive numbers of tickets to churchgoers in 2004. But it wasn’t until … Continue reading

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A Filmmaker’s Journal

(Note: I want to apologize for ignoring the wonderful bloggers whose sites I normally visit. We’re in the midst of 12+ hour pre-production days on my new feature film and I’m reduced to quick updates like this one before running off … Continue reading

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