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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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The Best Movies of 2018

Part One I’m a filmmaker, not a paid critic, so there are many movies I haven’t seen—notably, Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, plus scads of non-English language films (which tend to be widely released in the U.S. after the awards season). … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2016: A Baker’s Dozen

No, I’m not a baker, I just happened to come up with 13 when I tallied my favorite movies of 2016. I believe certain genres get short-shrift, so I’ve broken them into three categories: Best Drama, Best Comedy or Musical, … Continue reading

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Yoda is Rolling Over in His Grave!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the biggest box office hit of all time, was not nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture!  Seriously? Well, sure, it got a few “technical” nominations (Best Special Effects–duh!) and Best Score, of course (John Williams sneezes … Continue reading

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