Circuit 3: Comic Book Movies

It’s been a while since we ran a Circuit 3, so let’s start by refreshing everyone on how this works. We pick a category, you rank your three best and/or favorite films in that respective category. Easy enough! With Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theaters Friday, we thought this would be a good […]


Circuit 3: What New Shows Are You Watching?

I’ve grown a little bored with the TV shows I’m watching. While I’ve tried just about everything outside of network TV – because, no – I haven’t been able to fall head over heels for anything new since last year’s cornucopia of new shows (True Detective, Fargo, The Leftovers) with one exception. To no surprise, AMC’s Better Call Saul was […]


Circuit 3 A-Z: Films That Begin With the Letter ‘K’

If movies were a sport, then post-Oscars – March and April – would be the off-season. It’s a brutally boring time of year filled with films that fall short of expectations (if they ever had any to begin with). So we’ll just continue onward in the film alphabet soup game, moving on to movies that […]


Circuit 3: The Characters of Mad Men

This weekend, the big release is Furious 7. But if you thought for one second I would dedicate a Circuit 3 to that franchise, you’re probably as likely see a week dedicated to Michael Bay. Instead, let’s dedicate this edition to one of the greatest TV dramas of all time, Mad Men, which premieres its final season this […]


Circuit 3: College Films

Today kicks off the annual tradition of March Madness, one of the biggest events in collegiate sports. While I – like so many others – have undefeated Kentucky predicted to win it all in my pool, there always comes a bit of unpredictability with the famed college basketball tournament, so I’m hoping for a few […]


Circuit 3: Greatest Costume Designs

This week, Disney will release its live-action take on Cinderella, starring Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I’m not sure how good of a film it will be, but I can tell you to pencil it in for a Costume Design nomination. One look at the trailer should key you in on it being a probable contender […]


Circuit 3: Most Anticipated Films of 2015

With the 87th Academy Awards fully in our rear view mirror, we’ve begun setting our gaze to the upcoming film year, and the subsequent Oscar race that will eventually bring 2015 to a close. Hopefully you’ve been following along with our Awards Profile posts, where we look way too far into the future to tell […]

Circuit 3: If You Had The Academy’s Ear

The Oscars are a mere ten days away, but ballots just went out to AMPAS members last week, so many probably haven’t cast their final votes to decide best in show for 2014. So let’s take the opportunity to try to influence Oscar voters to select something we’d love to see win that might not […]


Circuit 3: Best of the Decade… So Far

It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the decade. It seems like just yesterday I was naming The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007) my three best films of the aughts. Obviously, there is a lot to choose from. Looking […]


Circuit 3: Marion Cotillard

The first time I remember seeing Marion Cotillard was in Big Fish (2003), and she had been making films for almost a decade by that time. How an actress so naturally talented and beautiful as she could have slipped past our radar for so long, I have no idea. But she took that small side role […]


Circuit 3: Happiest Nominations, Biggest Snubs

Last week, the Oscar nominations were announced, bringing with them the usual clatter of snubs and omissions. Now that a week has passed and the dust has begun to settle, let’s take a more relaxed look at what hit and what missed through our favorite weekly activity, Circuit 3 (humor me). There were some pretty […]


Circuit 3: 72nd Annual Golden Globes Wishes and Long Shot Predictions

This Sunday, January 11, at 8pm EST, the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be handed out on NBC. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives out awards to the best in film and television in 25 different categories, and is one of the most entertaining precursors leading up to Oscar. So this week’s Circuit 3 asks what three winners […]


Circuit 3: Ian McKellen

As the site advocate for all that is Middle-earth (I make no secret that The Lord of the Rings trilogy was my #1 film of the first decade in the 21st century), I have to say that my enthusiasm for the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five […]