Anatomy of a Review (2006 Mar 20)

I frequently receive what I call "procedural questions." These are from readers who are interested in the nuts-and-bolts aspects of review writing. How long does it take to write a review? Do I write immediately after seeing a movie or do I wait a...

Welcoming Who (2006 Mar 17)

For those in the United States who (a) don't live near the Canadian border, (b) don't have a region-free DVD player, or (c) don't play around in the land of bittorrents, tonight may represent a first exposure to a unique television show. At 9:00 EST...

One Year Later (2006 Mar 16)

With those three words, placed on screen 70 minutes into the 90-minute season finale of TV's Battlestar Galactica, everything changed. A schism developed amidst the series' fan base: those who loved what the show's producers did and those who hated ...

Totaled! (2006 Mar 08)

Thoughts on the ramifications of Crash winning Best Picture... (Since everyone else is weighing in on this, I figured, "Why not?" One more fly buzzing around two days-old roadkill won't make a difference.)It amazes me the way fans of Brokeback ...

Eating Crow as a Midnight Snack (2006 Mar 06)

Okay, I'll start by admitting that I blew the call about Best Picture. So the rumors of Crash's ascension were not overstated. (I saw Carrie Rickey of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday morning, and she voiced a suspicion that Crash might win. ...

Fearless Oscar Predictions (2006 Mar 02)

Making these predictions has become as annual a ritual as watching the Oscars. I do both with limited enthusiasm. Some people can't understand how I, a film critic, can dislike the Academy Awards. The reason is simple: they bore me. It's not an ...

Unfocused (2006 Feb 28)

This is another one of those entries in which I ramble. I'm not sure whether that's indicative of having too much or too little to write. Or whether I'm procrastinating with the Oscar picks. I can only delay for so long. Of course, if I wait ...

Taking It All Off (Part Three) (2006 Feb 27)

So what does it all mean? Damned if I know. So here are few musings and guesses. Feel free to disagree. This is 100% opinion.The roughly 80% for Lead Actresses seems like a high number. My guess is that it's higher than that of the actress ...

Taking It All Off (Part Two) (2006 Feb 26)

There are two ways to look at all the numbers I'm about to throw out: "Just the fact, ma'am" or "There are three kinds of untruths: lies, damn lies, and statistics." It's said there's no time like the present, so let's start there, with the last ...

Taking It All Off (Part One) (2006 Feb 25)

While regarding the cover of a certain magazine depicting revealing images of Kiera Knightley and Scarlett Johanssen, several random thoughts came to mind. One was to wonder how many Oscar nominated actresses have done nude scenes during their ...

Raise the Orange Lantern?? (2006 Feb 23)

I know, I have promised something about naked Oscar winners, but I instead have delivered a DVD rant... Please be patient. Or take a cold shower. Or both.I started buying DVDs in 1997. Over nine years, my collection has grown from a few dozen to ...

No Longer the Largest Non-Commercial Site on the Net (2006 Feb 17)

The naked Oscar nominees will have to wait a day or two, but I will get to them. First, however, it's necessary to inform everyone that I have decided to go commercial - sort of. No banner ads or pop-ups; just a couple of text links. But they are ...

Let's Talk about the Weather (2006 Feb 13)

After what happened after my previous column (the one about Michael Moore), I decided to write about something nice and safe... like the weather. Unfortunately, after this weekend, there's nothing nice or safe about the weather. Normally, I like ...

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth (2006 Feb 04)

Yes, I expect some hate mail from this...Orignally, I was going to write something about James Frey and his fact-or-fiction "memoir," A Million Little Pieces. However, not having read the book, I realized I didn't have much of intelligence to add to...

Obligatory Oscar Nominations Commentary (2006 Jan 31)

Since I'm a film critic, I'm duty bound to write something about the Oscar nominations. I'm not going to go through them one-by-one as if I'm working my way down a shopping list. As long-time readers are aware, few things bore me more than the ...

What Happens in Park City Stays in Park City (2006 Jan 29)

It has taken several years away from the Sundance Film Festival to give me a perspective that I didn't have when I was attending annually. After four consecutive, frustrating Januarys spent in Park City, I stopped going after air travel became ...

Touching the Face of God (2006 Jan 28)

Two days ago, I wrote about a tenth anniversary. Today, I'll turn the clock back another decade.In my life, there have been two nationally seismic events - world-wide news stories that have been given constant television coverage and that have ...