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Bigger Theaters, Smaller People (2008 Feb 28)

While out driving yesterday, I passed a building that once housed a movie theater. The theater closed in the early '80s and, since then, it has been a self-storage locale and is currently a pet supply store. I was taken by a momentary pang of ...

Best Guesses (2007 Feb 24)

In actuality, I get more enjoyment out of making Oscar predictions than I do watching the telecast. It's sort of like entering an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship pool. I don't spend a lot of time watching the games (unless there's a team playing...

Berardinelli's Top 100 (2009 Jun 25)

From time-to-time, I receive e-mail requests about where to find the Top 100, so I thought this was as good a time as any to create a special page devoted to the list, which I originally generated in late 2001 and posted over 100 weeks during 2002 ...

Berardinelli's Ballot: The 2020 Oscars (2020 Feb 02)

If you're playing along at home, here are my predictions...

Berardinelli's Ballot: The 2019 Oscars (2019 Feb 17)

Time once again for my annual act of self-flagellation: predicting the Oscar winners.

Berardinelli's 2014 Oscar Picks (2014 Feb 22)

When the 2014 Oscar nominations were first announced, it looked like there would be a number of tight races. As is often the case, however, the fortunes of the nominees have waxed and waned. Some of the front-runners have become also-rans and a few ...

Ben and Jen - Does Anyone Care? (2004 Jan 23)

So apparently it's over, and does anyone really care? From the beginning, I never understood why this relationship was such a big deal, and why the media circled these two like they were worth front page gossip column coverage. Yes, they courted ...

Beating the Dead Horse (2005 Apr 14)

When it comes to reading, I'll devour almost anything, but my preferred genres are mystery (preferably British) and fantasy novels. When P.D. James releases a new book (a trend that lamentably won't continue much longer since she's getting close to ...

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...

Beat Berardinelli 2012 Edition (2012 Feb 17)

There's a dual purpose to this post: to provide my Oscar picks and to introduce a contest that will allow someone to win a fabulous prize for doing a better job than me. I don't consider myself an expert Oscar prognosticator; I average around 67% ...

Beat Berardinelli - 2014 Edition (2014 Feb 17)

Time to lay out the rules for the 2014 edition of the "Beat Berardinelli" Oscar prediction contest. There are some tweaks from last year's rules, a few of which are designed to make my job easier. There has also been a change in the prize. This year...

Beat Berardinelli - 2013 Edition (2013 Feb 16)

Time to lay out the rules for the 2013 edition of the "Beat Berardinelli" Oscar prediction contest. Not a lot has changed from last year. For a complete list of my picks (in all categories except the shorts, which I traditionally ignore), click over ...

Beat Berardinelli (2010 Feb 21)

The time has come for me to provide my annual Oscar picks, although this time they are arriving accompanied by a "Beat Berardinelli" contest (to be run through the forums) which will provide an opportunity for one lucky contestant to win something. ...

Barenaked Actresses (2011 Aug 15)

In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking. But now, heaven knows, anything goes. (Cole Porter)For boys of a certain age (my age, that is), many experienced their first glimpse of the mature, naked female form via Hugh ...

Bad Mojo (2007 Nov 30)

Going forward, I'm going to use the Friday ReelThoughts to reflect on the week's new releases and make some general comments that are intended to be less "spoiler-ish" and less specific than the individual reviews. This week, however, there are only...

Backlash (2009 Nov 17)

It happens every year. Critics see a film and praise it. Early audience response is rapturous. Adulation pours in from every corner. The director and stars are interviewed and the photogenic ones find themselves in a paparazzi-generated fishbowl...

Back Up the Moving Van (2006 Aug 17)

I was originally going to write something about Motherfucking Snakes on a Plane, but that will have to wait... (Better to see it first, then write about it. Or not, as the case may be. Keep in mind that almost no one has seen it, but everyone is ...