‘Arrival’

  Put another notch in the ‘A list’ belt for Amy Adams. Hard to underestimate Lois Lane at this point, but she anchors this science fiction film for the grownups, playing a linguistics professor who gets called into duty when several spaceships arrive from outer space and position themselves strategically around the planet.  Forrest Whitaker […]

‘Still Alice’

  Not so fast Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain… Like most of you, I’ve been a fan of Julianne Moore since Boogie Nights (at least).  If ‘Still Alice’ gets her the Lifetime Achievement Oscar, I won’t be mad.  The film is about a brilliant professor who is diagnosed with early on set Alzheimer’s.  Off of […]

The 2014 Art Fradieu Oscar Preview: Best Actor and Actress

  Here are the nominees for Lead Actress: Amy Adams Cate Blanchett Sandra Bullock Judi Dench Meryl Streep Who Should Win MALIK: It’s the freshest performance in my mind, but I think the most filled out performance was Judi Dench in Philomena.  Don’t think she’ll win though. ART: I agree. Judi Dench is pretty great. But, […]

‘Her’

  The latest film from Spike Jonze, Her, is funny, and creepy, and it’s a dead on social commentary…and it’s brilliant. Set in the ‘very near future’, the story revolves around Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix as Spike’s on screen avatar), a shy guy who still hasn’t fully jumped back in the game after a messy divorce.  He buys […]

‘American Hustle’

  Don’t know if it’s the best film of the year, but I get why everyone is into American Hustle.  It’s fun.  It’s a lot more fun than most of the ‘serious’ stuff that gets promoted for awards season. As the opening title card suggests, the film is loosely based on the well known ABSCAM stings […]

Oscars 2013 – Best Supporting Actress

  Let’s play our part in the hype machine and use this week to give predictions for the Oscars, shall we?  Let’s start with Best Actress in a Supporting Role. And the nominees are: Amy Adams in ‘The Master’ Sally Field in ‘Lincoln’ Anne Hathaway in ‘Les Miserables’ Helen Hunt in ‘The Sessions’ Jacki Weaver […]

Oscar Preview 2011, Part I

  I’ve got quite a lot going on so I can’t promise I’ll finish this, but I have to at least throw out a few predictions for the Oscars this weekend: Best Supporting Actress Personal Favorite: Hailee Steinfeld had a star making turn in True Grit. Part of the history of the Supporting categories are […]