‘A Most Violent Year’

  You know, we’ve been in ‘anti-hero’ mode for so long, it was really nice to see an old-fashioned New York pic like ‘A Most Violent Year’ show up. The National Board of Review’s Best Film of 2014 (somehow shut out of the Oscars) stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a young couple carving […]

‘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 […]

‘Interstellar’

So what does the genius Christopher Nolan do with his ‘blank check’?  He makes a film that’s not quite on the level of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But honestly, what is? Interstellar is epic and ambitious and unique (especially in the current era of filmmaking).  The McConnaisance is the headliner of this ‘near future’ tale of […]

Oscars 2013 – Best Actress

  Toughest major category to call this year.  Let’s get to it. The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are… Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva in Amour Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild Naomi Watts in the Impossible Who Should Win: Ahhhhhhhhhh.  Mannnnnnnnnn.  It may be the only […]

Zero Dark Thirty

Happy New Year first of all!  Who’s down to start the year with a string of reviews of (mostly) Oscar caliber movies?  Me too!  Let’s start with one of the frontrunners… Zero Dark Thirty is the dramatized version of the manhunt and eventual capture of Osama bin Laden.  Directed by Kathryn Bigelow off of a script […]