‘LA LA LAND’ Lands with a Bang – Venice 2016

The opener of the Venice Film Festival may not always pop, but when it does, it’s big.  Recent Venice openers include Black Swan, Gravity, and Birdman–all of which won big Oscars.  Today, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land opened the fest, and the reactions are nothing short of glowing.  Special notice is given not only to Chazelle […]


2016 Awards Profile: ‘Sully’ from Clint Eastwood

Welcome to the 2016 Awards Profiles series, where we talk about high and low-profile films coming to a theater near you at some point this year. We will analyze the potential for these films to be players for the Academy Awards, and while many of these have the potential to be recognized, many will not […]

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AFI Fest Film Review: Macbeth (★★★½)

If it wasn’t an impossibility, William Shakespeare would rise out of his grave and give Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth a standing ovation. Adapting the playwright’s work for the big screen seems easy in theory: construct believable set pieces, hire some thespians with theater backgrounds, and make sure the sound equipment is fully prepared to capture every […]


CONCUSSION is AFI’s Centerpiece!

Big news comes from AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi!  Will Smith‘s NFL-medical drama, Concussion, will be the Centerpiece Gala at AFI on November 10, 2015 and the Gala will serve as the film’s World Premiere.  I just recently put Smith in my Best Actor five, thinking Concussion could be a big player.  Sony Pictures could certainly […]


New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ with Leonardo DiCaprio Drops!

A fresh new trailer for three-time Oscar-winner and reigning Best Director champ Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s lasted film, The Revenant, debuted this morning.  Many have pegged its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, as the de facto frontrunner for Best Actor.  DiCaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass, who endures unimaginable grief (a/k/a a bear attack!) as well as the betrayal of his […]


Venice 2015: ‘The Danish Girl’ is a Massive Oscar Contender

InstaTweet reactions and reviews must be taken for what they are–informal, sensational, and fun.  Rarely do you see festival tweets that boil down to a lukewarm reactions–it’s either a masterpiece or a dud.  And so, judging by the reactions of Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl‘s premiere at the Venice Film Festival, it looks like the […]