Category Archives: Essays

Oscar Predictions 2010

Can you smell it?  It’s that time of year.  The glamour, the stars, the overanalyzed red carpet previews, the politics, the overly long telecast.  Yes, it’s Oscar season.   I’ve decided to highlight a selection of this year’s major awards and tell you who I think should win and then who will win.  (Yes, there is a major difference between the two.)

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Getting Back on the Train

Forgive me?

Forgive me?

To all seven of my readers (are there even seven?), I apologize for my lack of writing over the past four months.

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The Ten Commandments of Movie Watching

On the eve of Passover, God came to me in a dream.  (Ok…. it was Roger Ebert dressed as God, but nevertheless.)  He asked me, “What has happened to civility in the cinema today?  No longer can I sit in a film and watch in peace and quiet. When the lights go down and the projector is turned on man turns into a wild animal!  He must be restrained.  For these reasons, you must spread my gospel with these Ten Commandments.”

God has asked me to pass his word on to the people.

God has asked me to pass his word on to the people.

And so it was written:
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Opening Day Celebration: Top Five Baseball Flicks

Opening Day 2009Can you smell it?  The air is getting warm and crisp, hot dogs are being thrown on the grill and the sweet smell of stale beer is beginning to soak into the concrete.  That’s right, baseball season is upon us.

As a homage to Opening Day 2009, I’ve listed my top five baseball films of all time (along with apologies to those that missed the cut.)

Let’s play ball!

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Fluttering in the Knight

The Dark Knight was a global phenomenon.

The Dark Knight was a global phenomenon.

Risking fierce unpopularity and knowing that I am in the distinct minority, I will make a rather bold statement: The Dark Knight is the most overrated film of all time.

Coming off of the critically and commercially successful Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan’s follow up was an ostentatious and overblown spectacle.  The Dark Knight is a film that is so impressed with itself, both technically and structurally, that it flirts with egomania.

Before I begin my dissection, let me make one consolation:  I do not think that The Dark Knight is a bad film.  It is good, but not great.  Entertaining, but not enthralling.  I wholeheartedly admit that I write this piece as a response to all of the “best film of the year” endorsements that The Dark Knight has received.  I simply cannot digest it.

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