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Movies / TV

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, or is the word ‘awesome’ overused?” this person wrote. “When something is described as ‘awesome’ these days, it probably isn’t awesome. Why do you think this word has become so popular?” The rise of “awesome” seems to me to be related to something else: “I …

‘Mortdecai’ Stars a Bumbling Depp

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood …

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The last 12 months has produced an abundance of biographies. It’s as if film’s current artistic collective decided to figure out what subject matter works for contemporary audiences — …

Oscar Nominations 2015 — Hollywood Is Strangely Absent

Friday, January 16, 2015

If Thursday’s Oscar nominations are any indication, the best Hollywood movies aren’t being made by Hollywood anymore. Following the lead of many major industries, the movie business has in effect outsourced what used to be its bread and butter. For if the Academy Awards have traditionally represented anything, …

‘Boyhood’ Leads Golden Globes, ‘Grand Budapest’ Upsets

Monday, January 12, 2015

Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood was right on time at the Golden Globes, winning the night’s top honor, best drama, as well as best director for Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. The sweetly humanist film had …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Jan. 11-17

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Don’t Miss The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards — Yes, the Oscars are more prestigious, but the Globes, which honor achievement in both film and television, are much more fun, thanks to the event’s laid-back (and booze-fueled) attitude. It also helps that we’ve got funny ladies Tina Fey …

Hopkins Center Programs Take a Revolutionary View of Film

Friday, January 9, 2015

Almost since the beginning of film, filmmakers have played with images and sound to show just how easily a medium that purports to reproduce reality can be altered. A number of events coming up at the Hopkins Center …

Around The Remote: Television Picks For Jan. 4-9

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — “The nature of life is not permanence, but flux.” So says wise ol’ Mr. Carson as the beloved period soap returns for what looks to be a season of tremendous change. It’s 1924 and Lady Mary appears ready to embrace a romantic suitor. …

‘Unbroken’ Offers an Incomplete Portrayal

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

Networks Roll Out New Shows for Midseason; Favorites Return

Monday, December 29, 2014

The year’s not over yet, but TV networks already are looking ahead to 2015 and the January start of midseason. To be sure, this is just what’s been announced so far. Some broadcasters have additional series waiting in …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Don’t Miss: New Years’s Eve celebrations — There’s no shame in staying home and partying in front of your TV set, as long as you’ve got someone to vacuum up the confetti. As usual, the networks will ring in the new year with several festive specials including the …

There Are Three Lessons in ‘Hobbit’ Finale

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Woodstock Film Series Features ‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’

Saturday, December 27, 2014

One of the world’s most sacred pilgrimage routes is the Camino de Santiago, a roughly 500-mile trek from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, the cathedral consecrated to St. James in Galicia, near the Spanish Atlantic coast. …