Category Archives: Best Of

The Year in Movies

Good on the academy. The first time I did this exercise I disagreed with seven of their nominations. Last year only three. And this year it’s just two, one more of a trifle (Hugh Grant over the always excellent Michael … Continue reading

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The Final Films

The previous three cinematic posts—‘The First Sixteen’, ‘The Second Quarter’ and ‘Penultimate Pictures’—have now brought us to this: the final 31 movie reviews of the 2016 Oscar campaign. I’ll let the tweets speak for themselves: LA LA LAND: Unabashedly nostolgic, … Continue reading

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Penultimate Pictures

With most Oscar-caliber films not coming out here in Oz until after the new year, these seven films that I saw between the beginning of September and the end of December are mostly action movies with a smattering of Woody … Continue reading

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The Second Quarter

The first installment of my look back through the films of 2016 featured, aptly, 16 reviews of movies I saw between the Oscar telecast and the end of May. Three films—Captain America: Civil War, Deadpool and Eye in the Sky—all … Continue reading

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The First Sixteen

In a run-up to my favorite annual blog post, The Year in Movies, I thought it germane (and of course oh so fun!) to take a chronological trip down memory lane to see how we got to this moment in cinematic … Continue reading

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The Year in Movies

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and I often agree. But when we fail to see eye-to-eye it’s usually over something important. This year is no different. To (literally) highlight these dissents—even though I know it’s far too … Continue reading

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From Zero to Two

In my annual Oscar predictions, I made a point of noting that I had not yet had the chance to see Zero Dark Thirty when I made my best of 2012 list. Ditto for Django Unchained (the ‘D’ is silent.) … Continue reading

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