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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Cinematic Battles

There’s no two ways it about it — this season of Game of Thrones featured one of the most viscerally and visually accomplished battles to ever be captured on film. Go ahead, watch “Battle of the Bastards” and pretend to be unimpressed. This in turn has spun my wheels in reverse as I began to […]

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Top 10: Best Memorial Day Movies To Date

Memorial Day is a time for reflection, more so than a time for celebration. Obviously, nowadays it’s a date for barbecues and the beach, but that wasn’t always the case. Going back to the days of the Civil War, Memorial Day was always intended just to pay tribute to United States servicemen and servicewomen who […]

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Awards Circuit Community Names ‘The Truman Show’ Best of 1998

If you listened to the Awards Circuit Power Hour on Monday then you already know that Peter Weir’s imaginative and creative drama The Truman Show won the prestigious Awards Circuit Community Award (or ACCA) for Best Picture.  In what presented a surprising result, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was heavily favored to take the top […]

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Davis Awards for 1998 Revealed!

The Awards Circuit Community Awards winners for Year 1998 will be announced on the podcast this week.  With lots of people weighing in on what they thought the year should have looked like, I offer my own take on a very top heavy year in cinema.  Lots happened in 1998.  I graduated grammar school, started […]

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‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘The Truman Show’ Lead ACCA 1998 Nominations with 13 Each!

The Awards Circuit community has spoken, at least when it comes to past Oscar years.  Our very popular Awards Circuit Community Awards (or ACCA) have revealed the nominations for the year 1998.  John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love and Peter Weir’s The Truman Show led the nominations with 13 each.  Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was […]

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Six Spot #1: Best Actor 1998

Welcome to the first Six Spot!  The Six Spot is a new weekly column (written by yours truly and running on Mondays) where I hypothesize what the 6th nominee would be in any given Oscar category.  I’ll look at the cold, hard evidence: Golden Globe nominations, SAG nominations, BAFTAs, PGA, DGA, typical Oscar voting patterns, etc. […]

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Circuit 3: War Films

In honor of Veterans Day, we’re dedicating this week’s Circuit 3 to War Films in honor of all of our brothers and sisters who are proudly serving our country in the military. Most especially our very own Robert Hamer. Thanks for all you do! There are many sub-genres of war films, including anti-war (think Full Metal Jacket, […]

Circuit 3: Paul Giamatti

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti turned 46 on June 6. Giamatti’s first big role came in the Howard Stern film, Private Parts (1997), playing the loathsome Kenny “Pig Vomit” Rushton. His career continued with supporting turns in films like The Truman Show (1998), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Negotiator (1998), and Man on the Moon (1999) before […]

Circuit 3: Steven Spielberg

Steven Allan Spielberg was born December 18, 1946, in the great state of Ohio. Before becoming one of our most beloved directors, Spielberg attended Long Beach State University, and made his first short film, Amblin‘, while working as an intern at Universal Studios (the title of which used when naming his production company, Amblin Entertainment). His first […]

Oscar Question of the Day – Four-Time Oscar Winner

Katherine Hepburn has the distinct honor of being awarded four Oscars in her lifetime, all for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  Hepburn won for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967), The Lion in the Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1982). You mission, if you choose to accept it, is to […]

Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” – Ten Years Later

Has an entire decade passed since Martin Scorsese’s massive and flawed, and massively flawed Gangs of New York (2002) thundered onto screens for the first time? It seems like yesterday that I was reading the film’s release date being delayed a full year in light of 9/11, which also permitted Scorsese to film further scenes […]

Circuit 3: Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks turns a young 56 this week. The two-time Academy Award winner was born on July 9th, 1956 in Concord, California. He studied theatre at Chabot College before transferring over to California State University. After moving to New York City, Hanks made his film debut in a low-budget horror film titled He Knows […]

Historical Circuit: Saving Private Ryan (****)

So much has been written about the film’s stunning opening sequence, and the closing battle that I often fear the film’s greatest moment is missed. It comes mid-way through the picture after the death of the little medic Wade (Giovanni Ribisi). We watch as Wade, shot several times, tries to help Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) identify the […]