Oscars 2016: Best Actress & Best Actor

Here are the nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett – Carol Brie Larson – Room Jennifer Lawrence – Joy Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn Who Should Win: Cate has been here. You can kind of feel the people are wearing on J.Law.  No more ‘Hunger Games’ helps, but […]

’12 Years a Slave’

  Where to begin with this one… All public record but a little of my own background again: both sides of my family are from rural Louisiana.  Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of my father taking me to visit my great-grandmother and his aunt, and their small (I mean, three room small) […]

Why ‘Think Like a Man’ Did Well…

So how did Think Like a Man succeed where Red Tails came up short?  In retrospect, a lot of obvious factors added up: 1. Drama win awards, but comedies do better box office. That’s not a black or white thing, that’s a green thing.  There’s a reason we all know Adam Sandler but only film geeks would immediately recognize Michael […]

Shame

So everyone knows I’m a Brando guy, and I’ve talked about how ‘Last Tango in Paris’ was a major influence on how I built the character I used in “Lady In My Life.” So when one of the first things I heard about ‘Shame’ was that it was on some ‘Last Tango’ type ish, I […]