I Don’t Have A Vote: The 90th Annual Oscars – Great Year for Film, Not Politics

"Hugh Jackman had a great year, with The Greatest Showman and Logan. On the latter film, he does the near impossible in creating an unbreakable character who is finally driven to the point of breaking. His work with Stewart is some of the best of both of their careers. He should have been rewarded for this."

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Hacksaw Ridge (*****) So many ways to serve

This is a great film, if you can stomach something as graphic as The Passion of the Christ. It's done in an equally sacred manner, if you value life. To see lives so easily lost, you will be more heartened to find a man running all through the night, praying for the strength to save "just one more."

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 88th Annual Oscars – Cut the crap

The 88th Avenue Oscars - Cut the crap Enough of this stuff. It's getting old. Why is it that each year increasingly mediocre films are awarded for having one trick pony, when well rounded fare is given a pat on the ass and shown the side door? Yes, it's Leonardo's year. Why?  Because we've been … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: The 88th Annual Oscars – Cut the crap

I Don’t Have A Vote: The 87th Annual Oscars -We fall for gimmicks

  The 87th Annual Oscars - We fall for gimmicks! Every year we see a film or two that is the favorite (and one usually wins) the Oscar for best picture, and this year is no different. It is no surprise that the two films popping and whirring most, Birdman and Boyhood are roundly considered to … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: The 87th Annual Oscars -We fall for gimmicks

Lincoln is a strong man shown in his weakest moments

Lincoln - 2012 Directed by Stephen Spielberg Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Jared Harris, Walter Goggins, Jackie Earle Haley, Gulliver McGrath, S. Epatha Merkerson Screenplay by Tony Kushner based on Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns-Goodwin There is a moment in Lincoln when, after a long … Continue reading Lincoln is a strong man shown in his weakest moments

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

Drive starts out in the fast lane; ends up in the ditch

Drive - 2011 Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn Starring Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac Written by Hossein Amini based on Drive by James Sallis There is a scene at the beginning of Drive that is as clever as any car chase I have seen.  Acting as driver for a … Continue reading Drive starts out in the fast lane; ends up in the ditch

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks the 83rd Oscars

Originally I was going to write some sort of opinionated rant about the Oscars, but really, it just doesn't matter, does it?  I was bummed that they pushed off the Lord of the Rings awards until the last film, The Return of The King, and they gave Halle Berry her (undeserved) spotlight to put on … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks the 83rd Oscars