Apr. 18, 2023 - 5:08 pm
a relatively small group of people having beliefs or practices, especially relating to religion, that are regarded by others as strange or sinister or as imposing excessive control over members.
a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular thing.
a person or thing that...
Mar. 28, 2023 - 12:47 pm
The Oscars are changing. Among 2023’s nominees were a historically popular spectacle ("Avatar: The Way of Water"); an all-time great acting performance ("Tar"); a vulnerable, autobiographical work by a venerated master ("The Fabelmans"); an Irish fable that is hilarious, heartbreaking and violent...
Jun. 27, 2022 - 1:10 pm
Things have been heavy lately. The news is horrible; if you’re like me, you have cut off a good portion of news for your sanity and self-care. The weather is hot and muggy; delightful June of cool nights and pool days will be a distant memory soon as we head into the dog days of summer. The...
Mar. 31, 2022 - 2:29 pm
Well, that's one way to get people watching the Oscars again.
The cultural importance of the Academy Awards had waned considerably in recent years, but then Will Smith went and slapped it right back into relevancy! Unfortunately. The most shocking moment in the history of the show (and one of the ...
Mar. 20, 2020 - 4:56 pm
When I listened to the audio of Jenny Slate's essay collection, Little Weirds, a couple of months ago, I had no idea it would be so emotionally prescient. I've been a fan of Slate's singularly quirky humor for years, but her brilliant, beautiful and bizarre voice resonated with me in ways I couldn'...
Mar. 04, 2020 - 2:02 pm
After its historic night at the Oscars, with wins for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, and International Feature, the curiosity and excitement about Parasite is as strong as ever.
As of this writing, there are currently over 200 holds on Anythink’s Blu Ray and DVD copies of the film....
Feb. 13, 2020 - 2:27 pm
Sometimes, the Academy gets it right.
The triumph of Bong Joon-Ho’s masterpiece, Parasite, at the 92nd Academy Awards was thrilling, gratifying, and – frankly – surprising. The joke about the Oscars is that rarely does the year's best picture win Best Picture. This is why I wrote a blog last year...
Jan. 22, 2020 - 3:30 pm
Less than a month into 2020, in the midst of awards and ceremonies, critics and cinephiles are in an uproar over accolades given and not given to last year’s films and performances. So goes the passion for moving pictures. I have my own opinions on the best of 2019, and how it’s shaking out this...
Jan. 11, 2020 - 1:57 pm
Like fellow blogger Nicole Falcone, one of my favorite movies of 2019 is Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out. Clever, funny, pointed, and just plain fun, Knives Out gave me an adrenaline rush of pure cinematic satisfaction that still hasn’t worn off as of this writing.
But this isn’t a blog...
Sep. 23, 2019 - 12:58 pm
A heist story turns its audience into the accomplices of a crime. Other stories ask us to like or empathize with their characters. A heist story asks us to discard the ethics and morals we abide by in our daily lives. The main characters are criminals, stealing something that was never theirs to...