Blog posts tagged "movies"

Image of a desk covered in various paraphernalia. On the left, a stack of VHS tapes sit behind miniature game figurines. On the right is a clapboard, a vintage camera, and a pair of tickets.
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Apr. 18, 2023 - 5:08 pm
cult  [NOUN]  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...
The front of a movie theater bathed in crimson light, as seen from the front doorway.
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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...
Six jet planes fly across the sky in a triangular formation.
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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...
Two people sit watching a movie in a theater while eating popcorn and drinking soda.
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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 ...
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Apr. 21, 2020 - 3:56 pm
Last time we met like this, I introduced you to a snapshot of Kanopy, one of the streaming services available to you for free, with your library card.  Another great place to stream movies, free of charge, is Hoopla Digital. It’s user-friendly, there are thousands of titles to choose from, and in...
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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...
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Jan. 27, 2020 - 5:34 pm
In the grand 91-year long tradition of the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, there has always been at least one category at which moviegoers and critics are shocked by a lack of nomination. Unfortunately, the final choice is not up to us as an audience, but rather to the the Academy. So...
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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...
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Dec. 20, 2019 - 5:25 am
This year in movies had a bit of a slow start. At the halfway point, I could only think of a piddly few that would likely rank as favorites, come year’s end. Well, here we are at that point, and luckily things have sped up, allowing me to produce a list of 10 favorite films of 2019. I’m going to...
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Aug. 13, 2019 - 10:12 pm
As a child Reginald Dwight was shy and lonely, but possessed of an astonishing natural gift for the piano. Flash forward to Aug. 25, 1970, when the then 23-year-old would give a mind-blowing performance at the Troubadour, catapulting him into stardom. That fellow, the world now knows as Elton John...