…celebrate the movies in all of us

It’s finally here, Oscar Sunday.  In a few short hours the winners will be announced, discussed and dissected.   Then it will be all anyone talks about for the next few days, until we move on to the next big story. Sure we could spend hours debating the true importance of this kind of awards…

…Make A Statement

Why make a silent, black and white film in the age of 3D and CG animation? It’s a fair question.  Afterall, the modern audience has come to expect a certain amount of spectacle in their story telling. Don’t be fooled by its old school appearance, “The Artist,” has plenty of spectacle, just maybe not the kind we’re…

…perceive the illusion

To us, the outside observer, the world of Hugo Cabret appears a magical one–a train station in Paris of the 1930’s filled with interesting people and interesting stories. As we follow our young guide through the literal clock-work of his life we see vignettes as he passes them by: a would be encounter prevented by…

…Pass It On

It’s hard to imagine life in the Hawaiian Islands being anything but paradise. Of course, reality exists everywhere, and in “The Descendants,” (directed by Alexander Payne, and based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings) we get a glimpse into the reality of the King family. Matt King (George Clooney) has been entrusted with a lot:…

…get on base

Baseball, the great American pastime, it’s an object of affection and admiration for many, not to mention the subject matter of oh so many films. It’s a nearly perfect vessel for almost any story arc:  Rags to riches, overcoming hardship,  achieving greatness, falling from grace, hitting bottom, then overcoming your self-inflicted hardships in order to…