The 2014 Art Fradieu Oscar Preview: Best Picture

  And finally, the nominees for Best Picture: American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave Wolf of Wall Street Who Should Win MALIK: Hooooo boy.  The Best Picture this year…the best all around film this year… I think it’s a two horse race at this point, but, yeah, […]

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, […]

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, […]

‘Philomena’

  I’m not on Harvey’s payroll, but I tell you this: you could make a strong argument that the ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role’ the past 12 months was done by Judi Dench.  I can’t help but wonder how much more we’d be talking about Dame Judi if she was out […]

‘The Square’

  The Square is watching history as it unfolds.  I don’t say that as a metaphor; the hook for this documentary is in viewing it, and also as a snapshot of the time we live in.  With at times, unbelievable access, the audience watches the removal of Mubarak from power…only for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood […]

‘The Act of Killing’

  ‘To the victor goes the spoils.’ That’s one of the hard truths to come out of The Act of Killing.  This documentary is dark, and offensive (yes, even I can be offended if pushed hard enough), and chilling.  Don’t look for a lot of humor here; the funniest moment to me was hearing a politician […]

’20 Feet From Stardom’

  With only a general knowledge of what this film was about, it took about 5 minutes for this pop music geek to feel like a kid in a candy store. 20 Feet From Stardom is the story of the background singer.  And I’m still a little amazed by how much information and how many stories […]

‘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 […]