I’m sure that many people head to the kitchen for dessert when the Oscar is awarded for Best Foreign Language Film. But that is one of the categories that I pay special attention to. Films that come from other countries and cultures often give us wonderful insights into the what the world is like outside our own cultural bubble.
In The Revenant, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his son are scouts for a team of fur trappings in the late nineteenth Century. After a chance encounter with a bear, Glass is left bloodied and (almost) dead. As the team struggles to carry him along, they decide to leave him until he passes on. However, after… [Read More]
With a compelling story, great acting, and fantastic visuals, The Martian is a worthy film to be considered for this year’s Best Picture nomination.
Upon first glance, Mad Max: Fury Road seems out of place amongst its fellow best picture nominees. There’s no biographical dramatization, no outspoken activist star. There’s not even a subtitle in sight. But there is flame-spewing punk rock guitarist chained to a thirty-foot wall of Marshall amps on the front of a semi. In other words:… [Read More]
The last time I offered my $0.02 regarding Oscars 2016 was to defend the Academy and their choices. Now, it is time to look at the other side of the argument. But I still don’t think that the Academy in and of itself is the problem. A fellow film analyst (BTW…that’s my official title. I’m… [Read More]
In the latest Steven Spielberg-directed thriller, Tom Hanks stars as James Donovan, an insurance lawyer who finds himself in Russia in the middle of a spy swap. Based on the 1957 Cold War friction revolving around Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) and Gary Powers (Austin Stowell), the film ratchets up in intensity and emotion as it races… [Read More]
It’s a Norton reunion! This week on the podcast, Jason Norton and Steve Norton join forces to grapple with Inarritu’s THE REVENANT, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. This Oscar nominated film is getting stellar reviews for it’s Native American narrative and visuals… but is it worth the hype? Want to continue to conversation at home? Click the… [Read More]