As I was reading through old reviews and writings of Roger Ebert last week, I stumbled across an interview he did for the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television. In it he talks about the importance of film criticism and his infamous disagreements with fellow critic and co-host of At the Movies, Gene Siskel. “As mad I was about him not liking Apocalypse Now, he couldn’t believe I could find fault with Full Metal Jacket by Kubrick.”
Yesterday the world lost a legend. Just days after announcing his cancer had returned, Roger Ebert died at the age of 70.
Last week, when I read that a Goosebumps movie was in the works, potentially under the direction of Rob Letterman, of Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale, I practically wormholed through time, back to my third-grade math class.
Maybe others remember this. The pandemonium that ensued when a kid brought the newest Goosebumps book to school, fresh from Border’s. Teachers could be in the middle of multiplication tables, but when one of those glossy covers was pulled slyly from under a Lisa Frank binder, stops were pulled. Everyone swarmed the lucky new owner, begging for a spot on the “borrow-when-you’re-done” list. I was the first to whip out How I Got My Shrunken Head. It is still the closest I have ever been to rock stardom. Read more »
In an age when box office receipts are reported like sports scores, when any movie with an opening weekend of $50 million or more seemingly gets a sequel greenlighted, Hollywood wants “sure things.” For studios and producers a sure thing is: a prequel/sequel to a movie that made a lot of money; a movie with a star whose previous, similar films made a lot of money; a film adaptation of a known and well-loved property that has made a lot of money.
Maybe it was just me, but this was one of the strangest Oscar nights ever. From Michelle Obama presenting Best Picture to Captain Kirk to the endless array of (random) musical performances, it was an award show that couldn’t decide what it wanted to be. And for a year where six of the nine Best Picture nominees grossed over $100 million, it didn’t seem to be about movies very much. Read more »
As a straight male, I don’t judge Oscars style based on hairstyles, shoes or jewelry. I can’t tell the difference between a dress from Tom Ford and one from Target. Instead, I utilize the time-honored Bro Scale, influenced mostly by the traditional “hot or not” metric, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and the shopping-mall couture of Bebe. With that in mind, here are the real winners and losers from last night’s Academy Awards. Read more »
Months of speculation will soon be over. This Sunday night, we will see whether those who applied Nate Silver math-y prediction techniques like Huffington Post and the website The Credits’s Social Oscars were any more accurate than those who simply relied on hunch or personal choice. (Though people should remember that Silver only got four out of six correct in his 2009, New York Magazine predictions.
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With only 3 weeks until the ceremony, this month I’ll be focusing on the Oscars. (Big change, I know.) Starting things off are my picks for the best and worst Oscar speeches of all time. You might be surprised to find absent many memorable and, might I say, obvious speeches: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Roberto Benigni, Sally Field, the fake-Indian lady for Marlon Brando. Instead, I wanted to highlight the speeches that might not immediately come to mind. Except for the worsts: those — all from the ‘90s — are pretty universally abhorred and mocked. Read more »
Yesterday, Buzzfeed crowned Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield (or as they dubbed them, Stonefield) the winners of 2012. Now I certainly won’t argue against that—they are great actors and were part of one of the most pleasantly surprising and biggest money-makers of the year, The Amazing Spider-Man. But here are my picks for the biggest winners and losers of 2012. Read more »