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Circuit Madness Final Two Voting Open! – Daniel Day-Lewis vs. Jack Nicholson

We’re finally here!  The Circuit Madness final vote of the season.  Two breathtaking Lead Actor winners pitted against each other. Jack Nicholson won his...

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Circuit Madness Final Four Games Begin! Nicholson vs. Hopkins and Day-Lewis vs. DeNiro

We’re near the end of Circuit Madness and we’re down to the final four Lead Actor winners.  These are two of the most competitive matches we’ve...

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Circuit Madness Final 16 Open! Best Actor Winners Doing Battle NOW!

We are down to 16 Lead Actor winners. Our annual Circuit Madness games continue today with the biggest battles of the season just kicking off.  There will be some epic...

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Good Reads: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” & “Dog Day Afternoon”

The second instalment of ‘Good Reads’ takes us back to 1975 with two classics winning the top screenplay prizes. Adapted: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, written...

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Ten Greatest Performances of All Time (Mark Johnson)

When considering the greatest screen performances of all time, you have to acknowledge the fact that not all eras in film were created equal. Before Constantin...

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Top Ten Greatest Performances of All-Time (Michael Balderston)

I hate the word ‘greatest’ when it comes to making a list like this. The word is so definitive for something so imprecise and personal. I have loved reading all the...

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Six Spot #7: Best Actor 1997

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 2007 Best Director Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, in honor of ACCA 1997, we dive into the...

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Jack Nicholson Retires from Acting Due to Memory Loss?

UPDATE (9:46pm) – Maria Shriver as confirmed that Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting and is actively reading scripts.  Times are good again. UPDATE:...

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Historical Circuit: Terms of Endearment (**½)

Familial tear jerks have always been a popular staple in cinema, but boy were they popular in the 1980s.  Past Oscar winners like Kramer vs. Kramer and Ordinary People...

Circuit 3: Jack Nicholson

John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson was born on April 22, 1937 in New Jersey. Upon moving to Hollywood, Nicholson worked running errands for William Hanna and...

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman Named as Oscar Presenters

Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman – two acting legends with five Oscars between them – are the latest names to be added to the Oscar ceremony as presenters....

Casting News for Jack Nicholson, Kit Harington, and Brandon T. Jackson

Warner Brothers is courting Jack Nicholson for their upcoming courtroom dramedy, The Judge, in which they hope the 3-time Academy Award winner will play the alienated...

Will The Real Adam Sandler Please Stand Up?

When I see movie trailers for the first time, I busy myself with thinking about whether it’s meant to showcase the actors, director or plot. Recently, when I see a...

The Blu Circuit

Since film aficionados are always looking for something to watch, we decided to round up some Blu-ray and DVD releases for you to seek out. Some of these titles are...

Remaking Cinema – Before 1970

OK, I am the studio head and have access to two hundred million dollars. I have been asked to remake ten classics made before 1970, and attach actors to the projects to...

Lead Actor Overstuffed

This year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Actor will have no shortage of worthy nominees; in fact I daresay they could nominate five worthy actors right now....

TIFF: Wright Falters while Room 237 doesn’t “Shine”

ANNA KARENINA (**) In 1977 Sidney Lumet gave audiences his film version of the superb, award-winning stage play Equus (1977) about a boy who blinds six horses with a...

Best of the Decades: 1980s

The great and the good films of the eighties were often box office failures, re-discovered within a few years by audiences and critics on video, as home entertainment...

Oscar Shocks: Best Actor

Yes I was horrified when Roberto Benigni won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Life is Beautiful (1998), but the Screen Actors Guild had prepared me for the fact it...

Why is Nobody Talking About Sean Penn?

Is there any question left that Sean Penn is the finest actor of his generation? Can there be any further doubt that Penn stands alongside Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson,...

Too Many Actors, Too Little Spaces – A Look at Best Actor

Oscar Predictions, how I love thee yet how I hate thee.  As I revealed the newest set of predictions this time around and took a look at the next five months, I...

Understanding the Character: The Joker

Though he will not appear – or even be mentioned, for that matter – in The Dark Knight Rises, no discussion of the film or its eponymous character can be reasonably...

Historical Circuit: The Dark Knight (***½)

30 Days of Batman continues… I’ve revitalized my review from 2008 of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight with a hybrid, truly analyzing the film with...

Historical Circuit: Batman (1989)

“30 Days of Batman” Continues…. Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), remains one of my favorite superhero films to hit the big screen.  Showcasing the...

Tom Cruise — Ten Best Performances

When Tom Cruise sits down to speak with you he gives you his full attention, his eyes locked with yours, his smile easy and often, the welcoming handshake firm and...