THE 88TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS: Analysis & Full List of Winners

Surprises were expected at this year's Oscars. The Academy did not disappoint. Billed as the most unpredictable race in memory, there were upsets aplenty at the 88th Annual Academy Awards - which honored the best of film from 2015 - capped off by the gasp-inducing blindside of Spotlight winning Best Picture. How did that even happen? Here's the most logical theory. Spotlight was [...]

Films of 2015 (Part 2): Nick Flora and I Conclude Our Top 10s On His Podcast (LINKS)

Part 1 was posted last week. And now for the conclusion. As the Oscar ceremony nears, Nashville-based musician and podcaster Nick Flora invited me to continue our annual tradition of talking about our favorite films of the year on his podcast Who Writes This Stuff. Here’s Part 2 of our “Films of 2015” discussion, in which we countdown in ascending [...]

Films of 2015 (Part 1): Nick Flora and I Discuss Our Top 10s On His Podcast (LINKS)

As the Oscar ceremony nears, Nashville-based musician and podcaster Nick Flora invited me to continue our annual tradition of talking about our favorite films of the year on his podcast Who Writes This Stuff. And even though Nick's now mostly-retired from the podcasting gig, our film conversation continues. So here's Part 1 of our "Films of 2015" [...]

RISEN (Movie Review)

*** out of **** Rated PG-13 for Biblical violence including some disturbing images Released: February 19, 2016 Runtime: 107 minutes Director: Kevin Reynolds Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis Memo to American Evangelical Christians: Risen is the movie you’ve been asking Hollywood to make. After years of having to put up with subpar small-budget Christian [...]

THE WITCH (Movie Review)

***1/2 out of **** Rated R for disturbing violent content and graphic nudity Released: February 19, 2016 Runtime: 92 minutes Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Katie Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” – John 10:10 For most of [...]

1.21 GIGAWATTS: Fan Made BACK TO THE FUTURE Prequel Trailer (VIDEO)

Whoa. This is heavy. And impressive. Seamlessly blending a load of clips from a slew of movies, editor Tyler Hopkins has built a studio-level trailer for a Back To The Future mock-prequel 1.21 Gigawatts. Telling the story of how Doc Brown got his hands on that plutonium from the Libyans, Hopkins pulled footage from 12 movies including Back to the Future, My Favorite [...]

Three More TRANSFORMERS Movies Over Three Years; Michael Bay Bullies WB

We have no one to blame but ourselves. After racking up nearly $4 billion dollars in global receipts over four films, Transformers 5, 6, and 7 will hit theaters over consecutive summers in 2017, 2018, and 2019. This, despite the near universal disdain among critics and moviegoers alike that these chaotic mind-numbing extravaganzas are the epitome of what's [...]