Wading Into the Uncertainty of the 2015 Academy Awards

With a few legitimately exciting top-of-the-line races, the 2015 Academy Awards could actually contain some uncertainty. I ran through my Will Win, Second-Place, and Should Win choices for eight of the main categories. Best Picture When it comes to the Oscars, it's amazing how fickle momentum can be. Since this summer, Boyhood had a comfortable … Continue reading Wading Into the Uncertainty of the 2015 Academy Awards

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Auteur Arc: Paul Thomas Anderson

Of all the indisputably great American directors, do¬†Paul Thomas Anderson's films demand multiple viewings the most? Scorsese and Coppola made¬†unflinching crime epics that you wanted to see again because of how much fun you had the first time. Kubrick brought so much intensity and terror and wonder to the screen that you couldn't tear your … Continue reading Auteur Arc: Paul Thomas Anderson

Do We Really Need Another One of These? Or, My Top 10 Films of 2014

Why are we so obsessed with year-end top 10 lists? Well, for one, we love to rank things, especially subjective things that we can savagely argue about. I think another, more optimistic reason is that it's an excuse to pause and reflect. In our present, culture comes at us rapidly. There's always something new for … Continue reading Do We Really Need Another One of These? Or, My Top 10 Films of 2014