‘Downsizing’

  I wish I could watch this movie in a vacuum. But I can’t so… Alexander Payne’s farcical pitch here is still great: a group of scientists figure out how to safely shrink living organisms, which in theory could instantly solve so many of the problems humanity has brought onto this planet. Of course, as […]

The 2014 Art Fradieu Oscar Preview: Best Director

  Today’s post starts on a sad note as Harold Ramis passed away Monday morning.  All day, a generation that includes Aaron and myself has paid tribute to a fellow Midwestern who made his mark on this business.  Today’s post is about the directors; in that role alone he gave us Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, […]

‘Nebraska’

  I’m not the biggest Alexander Payne fanboy, so I wasn’t crazy about Nebraska.  Still though, maybe it’s because I’m in the generation of the main character (Will Forte), that I appreciated this story more than I thought I would.  The plot revolves around a son who drives his stubborn father from Montana to Nebraska to […]