Category Archives: Movies

Old Hollywood Loses Its Grip while Netflix Soars

Steven Spielberg has seen the future, and he doesn’t like it one bit. At the 91stAcademy Awards, Netflix took home four Oscars including three for Roma, which had been nominated for Best Picture. In addition, Amazon Studios and Hulu both achieved … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Netflix Keeps the Film Industry on Its Heels with “Roma” Nomination

When I started renting movies from Netflix years ago, I never dreamed the company that sent me DVDs in the mail and then started streaming films would someday create movies. I certainly never considered Netflix capable of an Academy Award … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Easy Rider

When I attended Southern Methodist University in 1981, I was an outsider. I did everything wrong. I wore a beard, long hair, and earrings. I studied a lot and wore dirty jeans. You just didn’t do these things at a … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

The Overlooked Triumph of “The Revenant”: Music

The Revenant was robbed. For all the Oscar nominations The Revenant has received, the movie was victim of a glaring omission: Best Original Score. The score, created by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto (with additional music by Bryce Dessner of … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Ugly Beauty of “The French Connection”

An art teacher once told me that a beat-up pair of tennis shoes is a lot more interesting to draw than a brand-new pair. I thought of my art teacher’s advice as I re-watched The French Connection during Oscars weekend. … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Movie Trailers Shine As Digital Stars

With the 2016 Academy Awards fast approaching, Google has created a terrific piece of event-based content by ranking the popularity of the trailers for the Oscar Best Picture nominees. Google ranks The Revenant Number One based YouTube trailer views, which … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Six Famous Movies That Lived up to Massive Hype

What’s more impressive: the fact that 195 nations signed a global accord on climate change or that Star Wars: The Force Awakens lived up to the hype? I’m going to go with Star Wars. The Paris Agreement to fight climate … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Movie Theaters Are Competing Harder for Your Time and Money

Movie theaters face the same challenge as sports stadiums: they need to fill seats even when they cannot control the quality of the product they offer. Wrigley Field must sell tickets and concessions whether the Chicago Cubs are contending for … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Mr. Spock Endures

How does a fictional character eclipse his real-life creator and become embedded in the fabric of popular culture? I have been pondering the question while watching the widespread outpouring of grief and nostalgia in the wake of the death of … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Movies | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Three Oscar-Winning Movies That Rewrote History

Oscar-nominated movies should place more importance on historical accuracy than storytelling — at least that’s the conclusion you might draw from the criticisms lodged at American Sniper, The Imitation Game, and Selma. An angry cabal of tut-tutting, self-appointed guardians of public taste … Continue reading

Posted in Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment