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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions

By |01/20/2019|

The Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice Awards have came and gone, and the British Academy Awards made their favorites known. The road to the Oscars narrows it's journey on early [...]

Bye Bye Man

By |01/24/2017|

The Bye Bye Man (2017, USA, d. Stacy Title, 96 minutes) by Noah Damron It wouldn’t be January without a C-level horror film and this year is [...]

Live By Night

By |01/24/2017|

Live By Night (2016, USA, d. Ben Affleck, 128 minutes) by Noah Damron As the poster child for career comebacks, Ben Affleck has proved himself to one [...]

The Olives of Wrath

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Just as The Leopard (1963) can be seen as Italy's answer to Gone with the Wind (1939), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) can be seen as [...]

Out of Which Past?

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko (2001) proves there is no such thing as genre outside the enterprise of convenient label-making. Due to the malleability of language, any [...]

Invasion of the Adulthood Snatchers

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   The adult world is polymorphously corrupt and lacks the imagination to recognize that "The Way Things Are" is merely a byproduct of a deteriorating sense of [...]

Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List, and the Crisis of Representation

By |03/08/2016|

by Barry Germansky   With Schindler's List (1993), Steven Spielberg achieved what so many other filmmakers had deemed impossible. This masterpiece was a breakthrough in the historical epic, the comprehensive [...]

The Invention of the Extraterrestrial

By |03/07/2016|

by Barry Germansky   By introducing the idea of the extraterrestrial on overt scientific terms, H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds (1898) externalized the limits of human consciousness to [...]

A Tribute to Paddy Chayefsky

By |02/28/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Paddy Chayefsky is tied with Tennessee Williams as my candidate for the most original dramatist of all time, that most elusive of organizational variables. These writers [...]

1999: An American Odyssey

By |02/28/2016|

by Barry Germansky   Sam Mendes' American Beauty (1999) is the last Best Picture winner I fully endorse to date. It is a sleek, color-coded sampler of J.D. Salinger's novel [...]