‘The Irishman’

Got to see this on the big screen last night. If this is presumably the last time we see these four (Marty, Pacino, DeNiro and Pesci) go into this genre that they didn’t invent but essentially defined, they’ve left us on a very pleasing note. I have a vague memories as a kid of hearing […]

‘Life Itself’

  I’m not a man of regrets as most of you know, but I do wish I moved a little faster and had a film or a performance that was reviewed by Roger Ebert.  Along with Gene Siskel, he was America’s (hell, the world’s) film critic, and the new documentary Life Itself captures his personal and professional […]

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, […]

‘Wolf of Wall Street’

I was in as soon as I heard ‘Martin Scorsese’s new film’.  Doesn’t mean I’ll automatically love it (we’ll get to that), but I’ll see what he’s selling. And Leo.  He’ll always have the blessing and the curse of Titanic, but as an actor, he almost always comes through with the parts (and choices) he makes.  Like […]

2012 Oscars Preview Part I: Behind the Scenes

Let’s start the run toward this year’s Oscars with a look at a few behind the scenes categories: Best Adapted Screenplay Who I Want to Win: Don’t really have a dog in this fight, I think they were all pretty well written. Who Should Win: I’ll lean toward ‘Moneyball’ here as the least cinematic idea (building a […]

Hugo

  I went into Hugo with literally no expectations.  It was a Scorsese picture, but definitely not a typical “Martin Scorsese’ picture.  It’s a 3D film (bleh) but Hugo is a complete family film (by far the best use for that technology in my opinion).  I came out of Hugo not overwhelmed, but pleasantly surprised […]