Podcast: Where Roommates Predict The Emmys And Review IT

The world of film takes a backseat for part of this podcast as roommates Al Robinson and Julia Lee Bertram give us their take on the main Emmys category predictions – and we can compare the choices with those over at ADTV. Al and Julia then discuss their recent viewing of IT. What are your […]

Read More

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

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

Listmania: Al’s Best of 2016 Awards

On the latest episode of the Woo L.A. Podcast, you can hear my picks for what I thought was the best in film of 2016. I waited until now to release these because I wanted to wait until I had a chance to see everything from last year. For these nominees and winners, I tried […]

Read More

Film Honors: 2016

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 […]

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

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

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 15/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Some truly crazed and murderous men acting their socks off here – and one man just trying to stay alive. Not one made the short-list come Oscar time. Part 15 of our list of 100 Academy Award Absentees also includes some terrific work by the female branch, their range […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 14/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Sorry Albert Brooks you are outnumbered here by feisty, fierce women. Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Jennifer Jason Leigh has hardly been synonymous with an Oscar contender in her moderately successful film career. That reputation is misleading if you look […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 13/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Here are 5 more acting performances not nominated for an Oscar. And might I add even further gratitude to those writing for me at the moment, your enthusiasm and talent is highly appreciated. Bryce Dallas Howard for The Village (2004) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA With The Village continuing […]

Read More

Oscars: If I Picked The Winners

Today is the last day for the Oscar voters to fill out their ballots, and I think it’s time to decide what I would vote for if I was filling out an Oscar ballot. These are not the same exact picks that I said on the podcast. Those are purely what I want to see […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 12/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Another influx of Brits coming up. Including one we don’t often see on screen as the actor, but rather the creature he portrays – which ought to be a talking point about how the Academy intend to honor such performances. Gary Oldman for Sid and Nancy (1986) – – […]

Read More

100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 11/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. As we leap forth into the final half of our 100 Performances Oscar Forgot series I decided to reshuffle the running order a little bit to squeeze in an entire section of British talent into one section. Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, we thought you loved the […]

Read More