OSCAR COUNTDOWN: Best Picture and Director

Here we are. The big one and the not-quite-as-big one. We've dawdled enough. Let's break this sucker down. [caption id="attachment_23626" align="aligncenter" width="624"] "THEY DO THE HARLEM SHAKE! BWOO-BWOO-BWOOP BWOOP"[/caption] Best Director David O. Russell, American…

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2013 IN REVIEW: G Clark’s Top Ten List

Unlike some of my colleagues, I didn’t find 2013 to be an embarrassment of riches cinema-wise.  Of course there were several dozen perfectly good films around—there always are.  But saying that there was a notable…

MOVIE LISTS: Top 10 Films of 1993

Back in 1993, I had absolutely no interest in movies. Of course, how could I? I was barely 8 months old. I was preoccupied with topics of more crucial importance, like eating, sleeping, and learning…

New on DVD and Blu-Ray: June 5, 2012

So I've got some catching up to do around these parts, but I aim to do it. While the DVDs at this time of the year will almost certainly leave you cinematically fulfilled, there is…

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS: November 2011

Sure, October saw the release of several heavy-hitters, but this is the month where the serious Oscar contenders really start to come out of the woodwork. As the holiday season creeps up as well, a…

WONG KAR-WAI MARATHON: ‘As Tears Go By’

Grade: B When I introduced this month’s Movie Marathon earlier this week, I indicated that for his debut feature, As Tears Go By, director Wong Kar-Wai heavily drew inspiration from Martin Scorsese’s breakthrough feature Mean…

BLIND SPOT: Raging Bull

BLIND SPOT: Raging Bull

I find Martin Scorsese’s films completely intimidating. I avoid them. Partly, my expectations going into his older work are so high – so many of them regarded as unassailable classics – that I worry I’ll…