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John Hughes’ films were never really appreciated critically the way they should’ve been. Sure, any child of the 1980s idolized the man, but for some reason, his comedies – despite their winning characters and overall humor and heart – were often forgotten and never dubbed instant classics when they came out. That sentiment probably still lives on, which is why I was so delighted that the late filmmaker was honored like an icon at last night’s Oscar telecast.
Sure it seemed out of place – and rightfully so – but it was poignant to see Brat Packers like Molly Ringwald, Continue reading
When was the last time an Oscar Best Picture reflected the times we live in? The Departed? Not so much. No Country For Old Men? Not quite. Crash? Maybe, but that film wasn’t worthy. Back in the 1970s, films that won top honors always felt like they personified the year in which they won. You can argue for other decades, but for the most part, the 2000s thus far have failed to do so. I mean, the films that won the top gold guy following 9/11 were Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, and Chicago. Seriously?
As we approach this year’s telecast, one would hope Hurt Locker or Up in the Air would overtake Avatar to claim Best Picture. Years from now, decades from now, either one of those two flicks — if they win anyway — would be best remembered as a film that personified the war-fueled and economic disaster that was 2009. Thanks to dwindling Oscar buzz for the George Clooney airliner and a Locker producer’s lame attempts to sway Oscar judges, I’m not so sure that will happen. It could very well be a glorious night for James Cameron or a surprising Inglourious night overall. Continue reading
Another cinematic year over…another one without Rick Moranis. It sure would be nice if the 1980s powerhouse made a comeback. There was a time we were all living on Planet Moranis, but that time has passed since he hung up his trademark glasses some ten years ago or so. Looking aside from that large void, 2009 was a pretty impressive year in cinema. Cinephiles will remember this as the year in Pixar reached new emotional heights (“Up”), Clooney proved to be king (“Up in the Air”), tween audiences ruled the world (“New Moon”, the latest “Harry Potter”), and Quentin Tarantino returned to form (“Inglourious Basterds”). Sure there were surefire misfires like “Nine,” “Transformers 2″ (Transformer Gods, really?), “Watchmen,” “G.I. Joe,” “A Serious Man” (sorry critics), and countless others but overall the multiplexes rocked with enjoyable fare. Even movies that had no business being fun were just that… I’m talking to you far-fetched, long-winded “2012″ and bewildering farce “Men Who Stare At Goats.” With that, I give you my top ten movies and top 20 performances of the year. Agree or disagree? Weigh in!
By Lisa Cannavo
I’m going to jump on the bandwagon..I want to see the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire.” The plot fascinates me; Danny Boyle has intrigued me ever since “Trainspotting”; and then we have the hero of the day: Dev Patel. The British-born actor has made a name for himself over these past few months and at 18, has kicked the proverbial successful newcomer door down and has not looked back. The actor may have gotten his start on the E4 TV drama “Skins” – but ironically it was five years ago he was a medalist at an international martial arts tournament in Dublin (he’s got a black belt in Tae Kwon Do).