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 [...]

Awards Chatter: The Best Interviews Of The Oscar Season (PODCAST)

If you're tired of all the horse race prognosticating, exhausted by the controversies (#OscarSoWhite, et al), couldn't care less about who's wearing what on the red carpet - and all you really want is to just hear the actors and filmmakers talk about their movies, their craft, and their careers - then Awards Chatter by [...]

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 [...]