87th Annual Academy Awards

It’s that time of year again….awards season.  Like last year, I will take you on an adventure through 2014’s best films as I make my selections for each Academy Award.  I will first list the movies that were nominated by the Academy, and then mark the ones that I feel didn’t deserve nomination as well as the ones that got snubbed.  I will then select the film that I feel should win the given award.  I reiterate a point that I made last year: these are not predictions!  They are selections.  You may even find that some of the movies that I select weren’t even nominated by the Academy for a given category.  If that is the case, I will let you know.

Just like last year, I will list the Academy’s nominees, then I will put an asterisk by the names that I don’t feel deserved a given nomination.  In a subcategory labeled “Snubbed”, I will put the film or individual who should have been nominated, in my opinion. I will put my pick for the winner in the given category in boldface.  This year, I will add a little bonus detail: I will also select a runner-up for each category, which will also be in boldface.

My general observations for this year’s crop: the movies this year weren’t as good as they were last year.  But that’s okay, there will still some certifiable masterpieces in my opinion.  Among them stands one supreme: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.  Don’t be surprised to see it mentioned a lot in the coming lines.

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My Darling Clementine (1946)

When it comes to Westerns, there is one ultimate King.  It is not John Wayne (he’s only a Duke).  It is not Clint Eastwood or Sergio Leone.  It’s not Roy Rogers or his trusted Trigger.  When it comes to Westerns, the King is John Ford. Continue reading

“There’s Nothing Good on Netflix”…or is there?

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Before I continue with my series of essays on Citizen Kane (i.e. the best movie I’ve ever seen, and probably will ever see), I must respect the wishes of a few people who have made a special request.  I always play requests, even if that means I delay whatever plans I may have had for a post or a page.  That is, I will always play requests until that time that this blog actually gains a real following and I won’t be able to keep up with the demand.  But, until that time, bring ’em on. Continue reading

350 Greatest Movie Quotes

(This list, like all lists in this blog is regularly updated when I feel it is necessary).

I like to release a fun little list in conjunction with my new posts and pages.  I think it’s time I put up a new one, especially considering the fact that I didn’t have such a list for that mammoth publication on montage theory I did.  Now, considering the emphasis I placed on wit and dialogue in my “My Take On…Comedy” page, I felt it would be appropriate to list the greatest movie quotes of all time.  Most of these are comedic in that they are funny, satirical, witty, or sarcastic—as a matter of fact, they’re all at least witty (though some are far from funny).  That is good enough reason to publish this list in conjunction with an analysis on comedy. Continue reading