Film Honors: 2008

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 4 Of 10

My dear wife has become vocal about our current Christmas marathon somehow squashing our festive spirit – and she is most definitely right. So please bear with us on these next five Christmas-related choices, and hang in there as I am sure we can rustle up movies with a much more jolly and jubilant nature. […]

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Oscar-Winner Acting Tournament – The Draw

So to follow on from the previous piece introducing the Oscar-Winner Acting Tournament, I thought I would bring the “draw” post to you all much, much sooner than I initially promised. Though given the draw is chronological, as is the following rounds match-ups (So if Crowe wins, he could face Penn), you may or may […]

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Film Honors: 1990

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Interview: Susan Wloszczyna

I managed to grab some time with Susan Wloszczyna of rogerebert.com to pick her brain about the film industry, but also to touch on the recent election result, talk about her time at USA Today, and, of course, share some of our thoughts on the Oscars. Robin Write: Howdy. How are you? Susan Wloszczyna: Okay, election doldrums […]

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Oscar-Winner Acting Tournament

What’s the Best Acting Performance of the 21st Century to Win an Oscar? I know, I know, there are far more great performances that have not won an Oscar. Let’s focus on those actual winners for the purpose of this project, this tournament. And that’s were we say a huge “Bravo” to Daniel Smith-Rowsey who […]

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50 Films For Christmas – Part 3 OF 10

With our film-watching mission now seeming more like an addiction, the wife and I could well be halfway through our challenge before December has barely opened its eyes. The festive spirit is getting close though with each celluloid venture. Here are five more of the Christmassy movies we have seen on our way to the […]

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Film Honors: 1991

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Film Honors: 1992

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part VIII

  These women and girls represent the sly, and clever. They are humanitarian, or an upholding of family values. They are, at a very young age, able to deal with pregnancy, protect their new friend, possess a maturity in youth. These women might also carry strength, beauty, and bite in middle-age, a winning mentality – hell, be a […]

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A Thanksgiving Trailer

In a world… were you yearn to make a living writing a blog… You roll with the punches with the hard work that goes into it… You take it in your stride when time seemingly eludes you… In a world… were you can bitch and moan about these things… out loud, or internally within your many thoughts… How […]

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European Film Awards – 1st Phase

Another awards event that ought to have much more impact, or at least attention, on the great big awards season is the European Film Awards. Before the “main event” announcements coming from Poland on December 10th, where Pierce Brosnan will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award, seven preliminary feature film awards were handed out last […]

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Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

The Film Independent Spirit Awards not only signals the dawn of the ensuing awards season, it also finds a way to honor the story-telling and film-making of a diverse, talented bunch. who reach new levels of excellence in their independent films who don’t often seen in the mainstream. Just an hour or so ago Edgar […]

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Film Honors: 2012

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today.  Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu […]

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50 FILMS FOR CHRISTMAS – PART 2 OF 10

The wife and I are really getting through these Christmas-related films in a real hurry. A real mixed sack of film presents here, one best left under the tree, while others you’ll be playing with all day. We’re going right back to the 1930s to kick things off here. The Thin Man (1934) The Thin […]

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100 Kick-Ass Female Film Characters – Part VII

A girl can spend years and years of her childhood in the wilderness in preparation for avenging her mother’s death. A woman can come face to face with a deadly alien that has wiped out her entire crew. Ten more inspirational female characters, whether they are protecting your family from a natural disaster, super-equipped to destroy […]

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Hidden Iranian Cinema Honored

  Ran by the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation (ICAF), the Chennai International Independent Film Festival (CIIFF) in India aims to open our eyes across the world to Independent Film makers, encouraging the filmic expression of varied cultures. But it is a tall order it seems. None of you have heard of that festival, even the […]

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Record-Breaker: Beauty and the Beast Trailer

There’s a hope and a fear associated, at least from where I perch on the edge of my seat, with the live-action feature remake of the glorious animated classic Beauty and the Beast. I just want it to be good. Great even. The anticipation of this Emma Watson and Dan Stevens romance has been building […]

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50 Films for Christmas – Part 1 of 10

We’ve only gone and done it again. A brand new movie marathon don’t you know. And as the Christmas decorations went up so early in our house, our festive venture into thus-themed films began just a few days ago. As with Halloween (Remember the 50 Films for Halloween parts One, Two, Three, Four and Five), […]

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Interview: Barbara Ann O’Leary of Directed By Women

I spoke in depth to Barbara Ann O’Leary who created the Directed by Women initiative and website, an essential film-goers almanac. The pioneer talks a lot about building a deep culture of appreciation within the global film community which includes making space for conversation in and among filmmakers and film-lovers. So here we go. Robin […]

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