Here’s a look at the tightest race this awards season.
A lot has been made about the Academy’s snub of Ben Affleck’s direction of Argo, despite wide acclaim for the movie. The subsequent criticism of the Academy is certainly warranted, particularly if you want to focus on the fact that Affleck provided a movie that is essentially about a half-dozen people getting on an airplane and dealing [...]
In Red State, director Kevin Smith deviates from the canon of familiar characters and actors that made previous films like Mallrats, Clerks, and Chasing Amy cult successes. Here, he branches further into political and religious satire. Admittedly, he tested the bounds of biblical interpretation and scripture in Dogma (1999), a film that I happen to enjoy [...]
The first word out of my mouth after seeing a “great” movie is more often than not, an expletive. Followed by an exhale. I would’ve have thought with “The Social Network”, closing with The Beatles classic “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” would have evoked that emotion. It didn’t. It did however after Leo DiCaprio’s final line of [...]
Once upon a time, an English professor explained to me–and the rest of her class–the seven basic plots in literature. In addition to providing a working context for writers, she suggested, the prevalence of these themes relieves all creative people of the burden of avoiding cliché. If there are only seven stories any of us can tell, [...]