Historical Circuit: Top 35 Dance Sequences in Film, Vol. 2

If you read and enjoyed my previous foray into the world of dance in cinema, you’ll notice how easy it was determining what constituted a dance scene – anything highly choreographed. When the musical died out in the 1960s, dance became almost exclusively relegated to movies requiring a need for it, so subsequent generations had to get […]


Circuit 3: The Best Movies to be Shut Out by Oscar

One of the ugliest terms that you hear uttered over and over again during awards season is the word snubbed. The Academy simply can’t recognize everyone, and it’s true, they often times get it wrong. Sometimes they award the wrong performance, other times they might pass over a brilliant screenplay, and occasionally an entire film gets ignored, even […]

Oscar Question

Six Spot #8: Best Actor 2013

Welcome back to The Six Spot! In case you missed last week’s 1997 Best Actor Six Spot, you can catch it here. This week, I finally tackle what has by far been the most requested Six Spot: Best Actor 2013. But before we dive into that, I want to assure everyone that I do, indeed, […]


Oscar Circuit: Lead Actor

 And the Nominees are… Christian Bale – American Hustle Bruce Dern – Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club This year marks the first time since 1966 that the entire field is comprised of performances from Best Picture-nominated films. Prior to this quintet, the acting categories were filled with […]


Oscar Circuit: Best Director

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Director. And the Nominees are… Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave Alexander Payne – Nebraska David O. Russell – American […]


Oscar Circuit: Supporting Actor

And the Nominees are… Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper – American Hustle Michael Fassbender – Twelve Years a Slave Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club The Supporting Actor Oscar race is one that has produced a number of surprises over the years. Since the Screen Actors Guild came into play in 1994, only 11 out […]


Oscar Circuit: Best Adapted Screenplay

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titledOscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Adapted Screenplay. And the Nominees are 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley OSCAR SCENE: Soloman says that he will survive Before Midnight – Julie […]


Ziegfeld Theater Presents A Film Retrospective Celebrating The Collaboration of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese on February 13th and 14th

Read the Press Release: NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2014) – Bow Tie Cinemas Ziegfeld Theater will celebrate the longtime collaboration between Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Academy Award®-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio with a two day, five film retrospective on  February 13th and 14th. Kent Jones of the New York Film Society at Lincoln Center will moderate a conversation with DiCaprio, Academy Award®-winning editor […]


Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill will re-team on a new film

Anyone who saw The Wolf of Wall Street (and that should be all of you) can attest to the great chemistry that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have with each other. Apparently, they’re well aware of it too, since DiCaprio and Hill are planning another film together. They’re going to be tackling the fascinating story […]


Writers Guild of America Award Predictions – ‘Hustle’ vs. ‘Her’

The Writers Guild of America will bestow their honors this weekend.  Naturally, we have some Oscar overlay but we’ll be looking to the guild for one answer and one answer alone: how strong is David O. Russell‘s American Hustle?  The exact Oscar nominees for Best Original Screenplay are nominated by the Writers Guild.  We are […]


Blonde Angels and Devils Litter Scorsese’s Landscape

WOMEN IN CINEMA: And we’re back with part two in my on-going exploration of blonde females in the work of directors David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese.  Part one explored the women of Russell’s filmography and I ended on a question: Whether Russell’s recent downturn in complex blonde female characters was his attempt to mimic […]