On the Grammys, Chris Brown and domestic violence hypocrisy

One of the more memorable moments Grammy Awards Sunday night was when domestic violence survivor Brooke Axtell delivered an eloquent speech prior to Katy Perry’s performance. President Obama also contributed a two-minute taped statement on the topic of domestic violence. It was all well done, and unlike when the NFL did it, it wasn’t a more »

Grammy roundup: Beck and Sam Smith win; Kanye nearly does that “thing” again

On Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, Sam Smith collected trophies for record and song of the year as well as Best New Artist, while Beck won the big Album of the Year. But it wasn’t all about the young ones; the show opened with AC/DC, and one of the more talked about performances was from… Annie more »

An Interview with “Black Sea” director Kevin Macdonald: There’s no substitute for a good “sub” genre… literally.

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald’s newest film “Black Sea” manages to resurrect a long-forgotten SUB-genre (more on this particular pun later) — the submarine movie. While films like “Below,” “Das Boot,”Crimson Tide,” “U-571,” etc. frequently “surfaced” (sorry, I just can’t help myself) during the 1980’s, 1990’s and even the 2000’s, this forgotten style of action-thriller has more »

Joel and Ethan Coen are the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Presidents

Maybe this is why their next film, ‘Hail Caesar,’ isn’t opening until 2016. Two of the greatest working filmmakers in movies today, Joel and Ethan Coen, have been appointed by the Cannes Film Festival to preside over the jury once the international bellwether begins on May 13, 2015. The guys are no strangers to the more »


Selma, the controversy, and the importance of timing

Since the Academy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, the biggest story has been the lack of nominations for “Selma.” Yes, it got a Best Picture nod. But aside from that, “Selma” was nominated only for Best Original Song (“Glory,” the Golden Globe-winning tune by John Legend and Common), and was shut out completely in more »

Chaz Ebert on non-nomination: Roger “has all the trophies he will ever need”

One of the more disappointing aspects of this week’s Oscar nominations was that “Life Itself,” Steve James’ documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, was not nominated in the Best Documentary category. James is certainly no stranger to getting overlooked by the Oscars- his 1994 “Hoop Dreams,” long championed by Ebert along with Gene Siskel, more »

#OscarNoms: Twitter reacts to the Oscar nominations, snubs, Dick Poop and more

I heard about the Oscar nominations through Twitter (#oscarnoms) this morning as I walked from my car to the office; my plans to watch a live stream were kiboshed once I realized NBC was making me watch a pro-Comcast/TW Cable merger spot beforehand. “Selma” got not much besides the #Oscarnoms hashtag: “Selma” was shut out, more »

Beyond “Selma”: The ten most egregious Oscar snubs

1. and 2. “Selma,” for Best director (Ava DuVernay) and best original screenplay (Paul Webb.)  One omission would have been bad enough- but snubs for both?  This extraordinary film deserved much better, both for DuVernay’s sterling direction and a screenplay that not only had to juggle many characters and nail a complex structure, but needed more »

“Birdman,” “Grand Budapest'” lead Oscar nominations; “Selma” mostly shut out

The nominees were announced Thursday morning for this year’s Academy Awards, and there were no huge surprises, aside from an underrepresentation of “Selma” in the major categories. “Birdman” and “Grand Budapest Hotel” led with nine nominations each, with “The Imitation Game” close behind with eight. All three were nominated for Best Picture, along with “American more »

From McConaughey’s beard to Clooney’s chair: The best reactions to the Globes.

From the monologue to the ultimate triumph of “Boyhood,” some of the best of what Twitter had to say about the Golden Globes: Tried to explain the Golden Globes to Clive as "voted on by randos, bribery and payola, the audience gets drunk." Is that accurate? — emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) January 12, 2015 The Cosby riff. On more »

“Boyhood,” “Grand Budapest Hotel” win top Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Sunday night were marked by surprise winners in several of the TV and acting categories, although “Boyhood,” as expected took the Best Drama trophy. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was a moderately surprising winner on the Comedy side, over ‘Birdman,” although Michael Keaton collected a Best Actor award for that film. more »

Movie Review: “Selma”

If there’s one public figure who has been LONG overdue to get their own cinematic biopic, it’s definitely Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Much like Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “Selma” focuses on the life of a great man – a man who changed the life of everyone around him, as well as the world as we more »