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Casey Affleck moves closer to leading man status with “Triple 9”

As much as this week is pretty much dedicated to the run up to the Academy Awards, we can’t completely forget about new releases, now can we? The most notable of which for this week is obviously Triple 9, which boasts an incredible cast from top to bottom, on par[...]

Make Hollywood Great Again – Open Letter to LA Film Czar Kenneth Ziffren

OPEN LETTER TO L.A. FILM CZAR KENNETH ZIFFREN Dear Ken, What a time to be serving as Hollywood’s Film Czar. I know your job entails reducing legal impediments that stand in the way of winning tax breaks for zillion-dollar studios and millionaire production companies, but Hollywood is in crisis and we’re not talking[...]

Oscars: The Inside Scoop

By Michael Russnow There’ve been 97 minority actors nominated since 1939 when Hattie McDaniel became the first Black Oscar recipient for playing a servant in Gone With The Wind. And that is part of the problem, because for many, many years Blacks and other minorities were relegated to roles not only[...]

OSCARS: ‘The Revenant’ leads the 88th Academy Award Nominations

We finally know who and what has been nominated this year by Oscar. Ladies and gentlemen, just a few moments ago this morning the 88th Academy Award nominations were handed out, with The Revenant leading the way. 12 nominations went to that film, with Mad Max: Fury Road next in[...]

The 2016 Golden Globes: But as Entertainment it was mostly so-so.

By Michael Russnow I’ve not been a fan of Ricky Gervais in his three previous outings, finding his humor to be more of a struggle to appear adventurous and outrageous in the search for comedy, but often winding up tasteless and, worse, often flat. This year, and perhaps due to his[...]

New Oscar Predictions for the new year

Happy New Year everybody and welcome to 2016! With a whole new year (366 days, with the Leap Year) ahead of us, what better way to kick things off than with new Academy Award predictions? Well, I’m sure there are better ways, but this is what I’ll be doing today,[...]

Farewell My Dear Friend Murray. I’ll be missing you

Farewell my dear friend Murray. I’ll be missing you. “This is my baby. This is when it all started. This is my pride and joy, my first Oscar win in 1974.” Meet Murray Weissman, one of the earliest Oscar consultants, who on this day is proudly showing off a blow-up photo on[...]

Finalizing the Predictions in Oscar’s Aural/Effects Categories: Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

Last week, we undertook a final preview of Oscar’s visual/design categories – Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Production Design. Now, it’s time to turn to the “aural” or “effects” categories – Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects. Original Score Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s[...]

Finalizing the Predictions in Oscar’s Visual Categories: Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design

So here we are. The end of the year has come, the films have unveiled themselves, and in three weeks, the nominees for the Academy Awards will be announced. Over the past three months, we have previewed each of the ten “crafts” races. This week and next, we will look[...]

Is Michael Moore’s Documentary Propaganda?

By Michael Russnow Mr. Moore is more of a propagandist, and while most of what he portrays is technically true his editing and narrative are in large part misleading. It’s the old chestnut of whether an omission is actually a lie, and I believe it is a lie if what’s omitted[...]
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