Historical Circuit: The Big Sleep (1946) (★★★)

By 1946 actor Humphrey Bogart fit into the role of detective Philip Marlowe so perfectly it might as well have been his favorite pair of shoes. Though this was Bogie’s own time playing the detective, The Big Sleep was a culmination of his past films coming together in perfect unison. He’d played another famous literary […]

Historical Circuit: Hollywoodland (★★★)

Thin back, before the days when Ben Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Picture, before he was a director at all, back to the years 2000-2005 when Affleck was box office poison. Despite winning an Academy Award for screenwriting, the new millenium saw Affleck struggle to find projects that allowed him any growth as an actor […]

Film Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane (★★★½)

With the 24/7 media blitz that is Hollywood, the fact anyone can make a secret movie and release it with zero advance knowledge is remarkable. But, then again, what do you expect when you have J.J. Abrams – master of the “puzzle box” theory of filmmaking – involved in some capacity? Described as a “blood […]

Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you’ll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a dance scene – anything highly choreographed. When the musical died out in the 1960s, dance became almost exclusively relegated to movies requiring a need for it, so subsequent generations had to get […]

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

By 1978 second-wave feminism saw many landmark decisions and events including the first National Women’s Conference in a century, court cases involving marital rape, and the continued disinterest in an Equal Rights Amendment. 1978 was also the year sexualizing young girls came to the forefront. Yes, the objectification of young girls wasn’t anything new before […]

Film Review: Eddie the Eagle (★★)

Everyone loves an underdog. By their very nature films about athletic dark horses inspire audiences while doing things many sitting in the theater wouldn’t have the balls to attempt on their own. But, such inspiration comes at the price of being incredibly straightforward as seen in the latest underdog drama, Eddie the Eagle. Based on […]

Historical Circuit: Pretty in Pink (1986) (★½)

John Hughes had his finger on the pulse of the 1980s zeitgeist, teaching teens how to navigate the often treacherous waters of dating, popularity, and fashion. (Okay, maybe Hughes’ films weren’t as prophetic on that last part.) Hughes also divided girls into two camps: those who loved Sixteen Candles and those who loved Pretty in […]

Interivew: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Talks ‘Mustang,’ Female Filmmakers, and Oscars

Amidst the chatter about the need for more female voices in cinema, it’s ironic how director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s tale of femininity corralled, “Mustang” has been compared to Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides.” Based almost exclusively on one image the talk of the two’s similarities reminds audiences that female-centric films are almost always left competing against […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Supporting Actress

Welcome to our annual Oscar Circuit series, our deep down look into each and every category that will be presented at the upcoming Academy Awards.  Each writer of AwardsCircuit.com will tackle a different category, offering up their own perspectives on those specific races.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2016. You can […]

Film Review: Hail, Caesar (★★★)

Being Awards Circuit’s resident “historical expert” — unlike fellow writer, Mark Johnson, I didn’t live the history I’m watching — I fell in love with the Coen brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar from the moment the trailer showed Scarlett Johansson coming out of the water a la Esther Williams. Gearing up to be a hard […]

Historical Circuit: Dangerous When Wet (1953) (★★★½)

Outside of their historical perspective (and, some would say, overall better quality than contemporary cinema), studio era films are worth exploring for a lesson in the differing depictions of celebrity. In our current world where we turn our nose up at singers transitioning to acting, what would we say if someone was a world-class swimmer…turned […]

2016 Oscar Circuit: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Welcome to our annual Oscar Circuit series, our deep down look into each and every category that will be presented at the upcoming Academy Awards.  Each writer of AwardsCircuit.com will tackle a different category, offering up their own perspectives on those specific races.  If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2016. […]