Movie Review: “Chappie”

I have to hand it to “Chappie” director Neill Blomkamp. He certainly doesn’t skimp on the lofty, elevated concepts. However, like “Elysium” before it, “Chappie” fails to live up to Blomkamp’s heavy-handed messages and subtext. It’s a shame because it’s a visually breathtaking film, which does boast some characters that have eclectic and unique personalities. more »

“American Sniper” IS Hollywood, cont’d

When “American Sniper” was released and quickly became a box office hit and cultural phenomenon, the narrative from the political right was that finally, a patriotic movie about “real” America was at the forefront, as opposed to all the usual lefty garbage spouted from Hollywood. This especially resonated after a grand total of two Hollywood more »


The Patricia Arquette Wars: Ten possibly problematic points

On Sunday night, Patricia Arquette took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her 12-years-in-the-making performance in “.” Afterwards, she made an impassioned speech calling for wage equality for men and women. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of more »


In defense of the Joan Rivers In Memoriam snub

Every year there’s a big to-do about certain people being left out of the In Memoriam reel and judging by the early reactions, the biggest complaint has been about the omission of Joan Rivers (you know, other than people who forgot that Roger Ebert, Paul Walker, Philip Seymour Hoffman and various others died in 2013 more »

“You’re so cool”: The Oscars and “True Romance”

For a movie that came out 23 years ago, “True Romance” wasn’t far from my mind on Oscar night. Why’s that? First, the movie’s female lead, Patricia Arquette, won Best Supporting Actress for “Boyhood,” in the process delivering a memorable speech calling for wage equality (thus earning the enmity of certain out-of-touch Philadelphia hockey writers.) more »

Oscar night: The 40 best tweets

The 2015 Academy Awards are in the books. “Birdman” won several awards, except for Michael Keaton losing Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne. The musical numbers were better than usual. Neil Patrick Harris was a game host, but was stuck with shockingly lackluster material, including a running bit involving his predictions that failed to pay off, more »

The bird is the word: “Birdman” comes out on top at Oscars

Following an Oscar ceremony that surged past the three-and-a-half hour mark, “Birdman (Or: the Unexpected Virture of Arrogance”) took home several awards, including Best Picture. Director Alejandro G. Inarritu took three separate trips to the stage, for Picture, Director and Original Screenplay. The only big surprise in the acting categories was Eddie Redmayne’s win over more »

Welcome to Technology Tell Entertainment’s 2015 Oscar night live blog

This Sunday night, for the third year in a row, the editors and writers of Technology Tell’s entertainment section will be live-blogging the Academy Awards. Join us here at around 8 p.m. Eastern time Sunday night, when the festivities will get rolling. In the meantime, you can read the 2014 version of the live blog here, more »

Stephen Silver’s 2015 Oscar predictions

The Oscars are two days away. I’ve seen, for all intents and purposes, every nominated movie. Now, it’s time to predict who will win and why: Best Picture: A rare year in which not a single film that I outright detest is up for Best Picture. There’s not a “Crash” or “Beautiful Mind” among the more »

Awful Oscar voter opens up about awful Oscar ballot

There’s an increasingly loathsome subgenre of Oscar-season writing that typically surfaces this time of year, in which a writer interviews an individual anonymous Oscar voter about his or her ballot. These articles very seldom draw any useful analysis, and usually just imply that Oscar voters are stupid people who make voting decisions for stupid reasons. 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 »


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 »