Film Review: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (★★)

Working through the early announcements to now, and finally seeing the result of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been like going through the seven stages of grief and loss.  With the film’s challenging flaws to overcome, there’s some exciting and pulse-pounding moments to admire greatly.  Let’s work through it: Step 1 […]


Good Reads: “Django Unchained” & “Argo”

Hello, welcome to Good Reads where I look into what makes the screenplay winners Oscar worthy. We’ve already discussed the winners of 2014 and 2013, now it’s Tarantino and Terrio’s turn. Next week we’ll look into Midnight In Paris and The Descendants, a rare year which doesn’t include the Best Picture winner (unfortunately). “Django Unchained” […]

2013 Writers Guild of America Preview

The Writers Guild of America will be announcing their winners tomorrow, Sunday, February 17.  All season long there have been many instances, which I’m just as guilty of, where we doubt Argo’s chances in an awards show.  The BFCA and Golden Globes seemed expected.  The Producers Guild of America was cool.  The SAG Ensemble win was jaw-dropping.  The Directors […]

Oscar Circuit: Adapted Screenplay

Faithfully and successfully adapting an original source into a workable feature film screenplay often poses itself as a daunting task to even the most seasoned writers.  Combined with the constant concern of providing a captivating narrative to drive a story, the added pressure of doing justice to the source increases expectations.  Ranging from a stage […]

Critics Choice Nominations Announced!

18th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Winners to be announced live on the CW Television Network from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 10, 2013. BEST PICTUREArgoBeasts of the Southern WildDjango UnchainedLes MiserablesLife of PiLincolnThe MasterMoonrise KingdomSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty BEST ACTORBradley Cooper – Silver Linings PlaybookDaniel Day-Lewis – LincolnJohn Hawkes – The SessionsHugh Jackman […]

Argo (****)

There are few things more pleasurable than to see a filmmaker just get better and better behind the camera, literally evolving before your very eyes. With Ben Affleck and ‘Argo’, you have the added benefit of seeing the actor/writer/director doing the best work of his career in a movie that may just be my favorite […]