Having finally seen every major Oscar contender (hooray for Oscar screeners!) for the first time in years, I can now throw my proverbial hat into the imaginary ring and announce which films I would vote for - if a non-Academy member (you know, a peon!) like me actually had any say in the matter. (I … Continue reading Reel Life: Oscar, Oscar, Oscar!
As I start to sift through my Oscar screeners to watch the nominated films for this years Academy Awards this weekend, I had a hearty chuckle at College Humor's "more accurate," alternative titles of the Best Pic nods. Biting, lovingly sardonic and, let's face it, honest wit, is at play here - the staff perfectly … Continue reading Reel Life: Oscar 2013 – Honesty IS the Best Policy
I’ve seen “Les Miserables” on Broadway probably a dozen times throughout its initial 16 year run and short revival. I was there the month when it opened, where I was privileged to hear Colm Wilkinson’s “Bring Him Home.” I saw country star Gary Morris later in the same Valjean role, singing with a precision, a … Continue reading Reel Life: Les Miserables
It was imminent, forthcoming really (too often, her near death experiences and hospital visits were the fodder for tabloid headlines and sickening TMZ-style sleazeball journalism all but proclaiming her demise) but it’s still a sad day in Hollywood and the world of cinema. I can say nothing that a thousand far superior writers can, have … Continue reading Legacy: Elizabeth Taylor, More Than Our National Violet
Yep! Finally, after vetoing it in the past, stating that slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk should be honored locally, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill recognizing May 22 (Milk's birthday) as "Harvey Milk Day" in the state of California. This comes almost two months to the day after President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk … Continue reading Reel Life: Got Milk?