Woo L.A. Podcast # 8 – Goodbye Summer Cinema, Hello Fall Films

I sit out podcast number 8 with prior film-related engagements – and looks like I missed a 3 hour epic. The line-up itself is impressive, with regular host Al joined by his buddies Julia and Eric, with semi-regulars Jonathan, Joel, and Daniel along for the ride. It is a change of season of course, sun […]

Read More

Lost in Translation: Visual Appreciation

  “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.”  In her sophomore smash hit, Sofia Coppola introduces us to a familiar world within the realms of loneliness and isolation. Lost in Translation revolves around Bob Harris (Bill Murray) who’s experiencing a mid-life crisis in Tokyo while filming a commercial advertising a whiskey for $2 million when he […]

Read More

Masterpiece Memo: The Social Network

To begin with I think The Social Network is a masterpiece. It’s a film that I really love, and ever since I first saw it in January 2011, I always feel like it is an event to watch. There are not many films that I have felt this strongly about. Titanic is a film that […]

Read More

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #31

This edition we get the kind folk at Variety to explain MoviePass to us, a bit of motivation from the Head Sprite, a loving piece on Antonioni, as well as Sasha Stone mixing Oscar with Trump. I know – dying to get clicking and reading! Go ahead:  25 Photogenic Reasons to Visit Edinburgh Fringe Festival […]

Read More

Woo L.A. Podcast # 7 – Dunkirk: From The Beach To The Oscars

In this edition of the Woo L.A. Podcast, Al Robinson and Robin Write are joined once again by Daniel Smith-Rowsey, and first-timer in these parts is site contributor Steve Schweighofer. We discuss the World War II movies that conquered the Academy Awards, as well as though that didn’t. Which brings us to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkrik, […]

Read More

Review: Dunkirk

USA Theatrical Release – July 21, 2017 Director – Christopher Nolan Screenplay – Christopher Nolan Synopsis – A retelling of the event in Dunkirk, France during World War II where 330,000 British soldiers were trapped on the beach and left (mostly) defenseless against the German army. STORY – I found the story to be extremely interesting. […]

Read More

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk And Where To Experience IMAX In The UK

Shortly before I embarked on the screening of Christopher Nolanʼs latest motion picture Dunkirk I filled my face with a gourmet hot dog. Now, it is said that hot dogs such as those are meant to be huge, enjoyed in their full capacity. What we don’t want is to have either end cut off, or […]

Read More

Review: The Big Sick

USA Theatrical Release – June 23, 2017 (Limited), July 14, 2017 (Wide) Director – Michael Showalter Screenplay – Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani Cast – Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano Synopsis – Kumail Nanjiani deals with the ups and downs of his relationship with his girlfriend, when an unknown illness occurs and threatens […]

Read More

Can 2017’s Blockbusters Get Oscar-Nominated?

By Daniel Smith-Rowsey Ah, blockbusters. For us discriminating film fans, they’re a bit like that fashionable cousin at the family reunion that just won’t shut up. We love them and we hate them, but how to contextualize them with the rest of our lives? Some of us go out of our way to praise them […]

Read More

Woo L.A. Podcast – Live Not At The Oscars

Hey everyone, Robin, Joel, Ryan, and I enjoyed doing the special podcast so much that we wanted to do another one during the Oscars. We Skyped for over 6 hours, and I decided to try something and cut it down to just under 2 hours (including the intro and outro song). Jonathan Holmes and my […]

Read More

Al Robinson’s Oscars Predictions

Happy Oscars Day everybody!! These are my last minute predictions and I’ve been going back and forth on several categories all week. I made a couple changes specifically from the ones I made on the Flicksation Podcast episode (Oscar Pool Party), but for the sake of those picks, those are the ones I will be […]

Read More

Listmania: Ranking Recent Best Picture Oscar Nominees

Friday night at work I was listening to the InSession Podcast (Episode 209; Bonus “And the Winner Is… Vol. 3”) and JD and Brendan were talking with Matt Neglia about the Academy Awards and their preferences of the Best Picture nominees from this year’s to 2008’s. It made me think about how I would rank […]

Read More

Oscars: 7 Potential Spoilers

What a fiasco with the prestigious yet erroneously named Best Foreign Language Film category, with the *insert horrific superlative here* ban on Muslims entering the United States, which means now as a result, even though there has been a supposed shift in the process, Asghar Farhadi is to not attend. His fine latest film The […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 20/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. And now, the end is near, and so we face the final cinematic curtain. My film friends, I’ll say it clear, we stated our case for Oscar snubs, of which I’m certain. Regrets, hell yeah, we have a few, the Academy would argue there are too few to mention. […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 19/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. So we reach the penultimate 5 of actors and actresses who were not nomination for an Oscar, and feel they should have. You’ve come this far, you may as well crack on til the end now. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year (2014) – – – Robin Write […]

Read More

Listmania: Al’s Happy Oscars Wins 2000-2015

I’ve been watching the Academy Awards since the 2001 ceremony when Gladiator beat Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon & Traffic for Best Picture. Over the last 15 years not counting this year since it hasn’t happened yet, I’ve seen some really bad wins, like Crash winning Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain, and I’ve seen some really […]

Read More

Awards Season Cliques of the Trade

I hated cliques in high school. I hated the idea that you had to be or act a certain way in order to be accepted. I hated the feeling of isolation I experienced, both externally and internally, because I didn’t fit the norm. Hated the drama when two sets of cliques start shit and expecting […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 18/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Here you’ll find a couple of French, a couple of Greeks, not to mention a Dane, and a Norwegian. Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments section below.  Aggeliki Papoulia / Mary Tsoni for Dogtooth (2010) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Yorgos Lanthimos’s surreal Dogtooth is a bit like […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 17/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. So we reach the penultimate part of the Oscar Missables. A pleasantly mixed bag too, with a few out-there options as well as some that were pretty obvious – to us not voting that is. The Queen of Oscar Nominations also shows up here – so no, she was not […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 16/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. This 5 features, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of acting by a child I have ever seen – and the odds are most of you have sadly not even heard of the movie. Until now. Christian Bale for American Psycho (1999) – – – Tim J. […]

Read More