Oscar Predictions

Sharpen your crayons and mark your ballots. Here are tonight’s big winners: BEST ACTOR     Funny how a 41-year-old actor can actually be considered overdue for an Oscar, but that seems to be the sentiment pushing Leonardo DiCaprio over the finish line. He has delivered many more dynamic performances in prior years, but he definitely bled … Continue reading

A Lars List

Best Films of 2014

1  Birdman   Easily one of the most unique films in years. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s innovative concept brilliant – a love note to all artists. Keaton wins Oscar, as does the film. 2  Boyhood   Amazing accomplishment by a director who has stayed true to his storytelling sensibilities. Linklater wins Oscar. 3  Foxcatcher  Hypnotic, haunting, and heartbreaking. … Continue reading

Now Playing Review


NOPE – Every so often I find myself going totally against the grain on a film garnering universal applause. Whiplash is my new The Departed. To make me sit through either of those two films again would be cruel and unusual punishment. So please don’t. At least, unlike Martin Scorsese’s obnoxious cash-grab The Departed (2006), Whiplash does not stand a snowball’s … Continue reading