Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Academy of One: My Oscar Nominees and Winners

I’ve complained a lot about this years nominees. There were a lot of snubs, and reasons to be upset, but it’s an exciting time for a lot of people. I’ve heard many film people say, “The Oscars are my Super Bowl.” Really? As a sports fan and a movie fan I don’t understand the comparison in any way. Mostly because I don’t think the Oscars are really that relevant. The best films and most deserving films don’t get nominated, let a lone win. A more appropriate sports analogy would be, “The Oscars are my minor league world series.” There are exceptions, the 2008 Oscars (2007 films) had an amazing selection that included modern American classics like No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, but this is rare. Instead of complaining about this years batch of nominees (which I will do again next year and the year after, I am human) I will reveal the films I would have nominated for most categories and my winners. Continue reading at IndiesUnchained!


A Separation Review

A Separation was one of my most anticipated films from 2011. It was nominated for best foreign language film and best screenplay at this years Academy Awards. Foreign films rarely get nominated for major categories even when they’re vastly superior to their American counterparts. It was pretty exciting to see A Separation get that recognition from the Academy.  Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it until mid-February, and it’s likely you haven’t either. The film has received a very slow release by Sony Picture Classics. I’m guessing they’re waiting to win the best foreign film Oscar to give the film a wider release. Most Oscar pundits consider it a shoe in. Are they right? Find out at IndiesUnchained!

My Cinematic Evolution

If you know me you know I love Darren Aronofsky’s, Requiem for a Dream, and have a weakness for anything that references it. Today I saw this awesome video on It’s Requiem for a Dream in 60 seconds with puppets. It’s pretty incredible. In my opinion, the insanely condescended version of the film reveals the images and sounds we remember are so powerful that applying them to puppets affects me more than a lot of Hollywood films. This 60 second video inspired me to discuss my cinematic evolution and why Requiem for a Dream drastically affected who I am now. Read the rest at Indies Unchained!