Touring the New Site (2015 Apr 26)

A walkthrough of where to find favorite features on the new site.

Fandom (Part One): For the Love of the Franchise (2015 Apr 21)

This is the first part of a three-part series about fandom and movies. Part One is a personal reminiscence.

To Boldly Go: Not an Obituary (2015 Apr 02)

"Now he belongs to the ages."I don't write obituaries except in cases when I knew the person; I'm not about to change that policy now. So if you want a fact-based recap of Leonard Nimoy's life and career, there are countless places on the web for ...

Author's Notes (2015 Mar 12)

Why did I do it? That's a question I am often asked when people learned I devoted nearly every spare moment of three years to write a 1500-page saga cataloging the exploits of a stableboy struggling with an existence...

Beat Berardinelli 2015 (2015 Feb 14)

Time to lay out the rules for the 2015 edition of the "Beat Berardinelli" Oscar prediction contest. As is the case every year, I have made a few minor changes. Also, a new prize. This year, as was the case last year, my "live commentary" will come in...

Re-Invigorating Oscar (2015 Feb 08)

Note #1: This is an attempt to be controversial. It is not, however, a cry to receive hate mail. If you want to dispute my proposal, that's fine. But please do me the dignity of reading it all the way through (not skimming it or just reading ...

The 2014 Top 10 (2014 Dec 28)

[Note: In 2014, as in 2012 and 2013, this article will be published over a span of several days, with the reveal of two or three new titles every day during the December 25-30 period. It's done that way to generate some suspense and keep the website ...

One-and-Done (Part 3): Future Gaze (2014 Dec 23)

Link to "One and Done (Part 1)"Link to "One and Done (Part 2)"For Hollywood to weather the "one-and-done" storm, it has to adapt. When television threatened movies during the 1950s, the industry moved toward color and widescreen to provide an ...

One-and-Done (Part 2): Root Causes (2014 Dec 20)

Link to "One and Done (Part 1)"Link to "One and Done (Part 3)"In Part 1 of this essay, I provided an overview of what I call the "one-and-done" phenomenon which has been responsible in part for shaping (and skewing) the 2014 box office for high ...

Hacking, Fear, and Maximizing Profits (2014 Dec 18)

Did Sony Pictures "cave in"? The question, like so many others involving terrorists and terrorism, is more complicated than it might seem. True, there's no credible evidence to support the idea of a terrorist plot being prepared against theaters. ...

One-and-Done (Part 1) (2014 Dec 16)

Link to "One and Done (Part 2)"Link to "One and Done (Part 3)"Is it an aberration? That's the question that haunts many of Hollywood's studio executives as they craft plans for the next few years. Is the box office downturn of 2014 a "blip on the ...

Marketing Recursion (2014 Dec 02)

In the days leading up to Black Friday, a huge marketing campaign swung into motion. What was being promoted? The latest gadget? A new toy? The "big thing" on sale for Christmas 2014? No… In fact, the subject of the promotional frenzy was an 88-...

Ten Turkeys for 2014 (2014 Nov 27)

I have long since moved away from calling my Bottom 10 a "Worst of..." list. Considering how many truly awful films I have given myself the latitude to skip, it's almost unfair to those remaining to be singled out as the biggest cinematic offenders. ...

Updating the Top 100 for 2014 (2014 Sep 07)

It has now been close to 13 years since I embarked upon what I called at the time my greatest challenge as a film reviewer: whittling down the nearly 6000 films I had seen (at the time) to the top 2%. I have no idea if I got it "right" or not, but ...

Fuck Off, Shitbag (2014 Jul 08)

The era of good manners is dead. I'm not sure exactly when it happened. When I was a kid, people still said "please" and "thank you." They held open doors, relinquished train and bus seats for the elderly and the infirm, and apologized if they said...

Introduction to the LAST WHISPER Stories (2014 Jun 19)

What is The Last Whisper of the Gods? It's the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy I have toiled over for the past three years. Actually, I began writing The Last Whisper of the Gods in early 2007 and had about half the book done when real life ...