THE 91ST ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS: Analysis & Full List of Winners (AWARDS 2018)

The biggest winner of the night? The Academy. (The list of actual winners can be seen at the bottom of this in-depth Oscar night analysis.) After a toxic awards season that was often completely outside of the Academy's control but was then further complicated by the Academy and its constant mishandling of how it was producing the [...]

Films of 2018 (Part 2): Nick Flora & I Complete Top 10s On The ALL TIME FAVORITE Podcast (PODCAST)

It started with a comeback. Now it ends with a reveal. Here's Part 2 of my return to Nick Flora's All Time Favorite podcast, where we have fun talking about our picks for the Best / Favorite Films of 2018. In this conclusion, we complete our Top 10 lists, counting up from 5 to 1. (To hear [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 18 – ALITA, DRAGON 3, Oscars Preview, & More (PODCAST)

Episode 18 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema Alita: Battle Angel, @ 0:50 How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, @ 10:49 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, @ 14:36 Cold War, @ 15:40 Academy Awards Preview: Awards Season analysis & Oscar Predix, @ 21:38 Outro, @ 46:39 On [...]

Films of 2018 (Part 1): Nick Flora & I Talk Top 10s On The ALL TIME FAVORITE Podcast (PODCAST)

Don't call it a comeback. Okay, call it a comeback. Technically, that's exactly what it is. Like a fact. Or science. Or whatever. After skipping a year because of LIFE!, I return to Nick Flora's All Time Favorite podcast for our traditional "Best Films of the Year" two-part podcast event. Yes, it's an event! (...self-declared though it [...]

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Podcast: Episode 17 – TOP 10 of 2018, GLASS, & More (PODCAST)

Episode 17 - THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Conversations On Cinema Top 10 Lists, 10 to 6, @ 1:11 Glass, @ 22:17 Burning, @ 33:45 Top 10 Lists, 5 to 1, @ 37:57 Outro, @ 01:02:23 On this first episode for 2019 of The Bad and the Beautiful, Charles and Jeff reveal their choices [...]

UNBREAKABLE: M. Night Shyamalan’s Clairvoyant Superhero Deconstruction (SPOILERS) (ANALYSIS)

Warning: this essay contains major spoilers for the 2000 film Unbreakable. Unbreakable is a masterpiece of pop cinema. Pre-dating the Marvel Cinematic Universe by nearly a decade and even the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man by two years, M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable was ahead its time – and that’s an understatement. It’s also a crucial point [...]

What The Oscars Should Learn From Another Low-Rated Golden Globes (ANALYSIS)

A decade-low viewership for the Golden Globes reveals a reality that the Oscars should finally accept: Your ratings aren’t coming back. You couldn’t have had a better case study, actually, than this year’s Globes because it had everything going for it. Not only did it boast coveted popular nominees like Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, [...]