A Crime Drama, “Hell or High Water” as an Oscar Contender?

Hell or High Water is a recent contender for the Academy Award’s “Best Picture,” but what about this film makes it qualify for that highly sought after status? It is certainly a well-made picture, with captivating performances from Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, but does Hell or High Water have that extra ‘something’ to give… Continue reading A Crime Drama, “Hell or High Water” as an Oscar Contender?

“La La Land” : Glamour! Nostalgia! Artifice!

La La Land has the distinction of sharing the record for the most Academy Award nominations, fourteen, with Titanic. La La Land swept up at the Golden Globes this year. La La Land is the current favorite to win at this year’s ceremonies as well because of all the other acclaim its swept up. While… Continue reading “La La Land” : Glamour! Nostalgia! Artifice!

What Does “Hacksaw Ridge” Offer?

My ex-wife went through a period during our marriage where she was obsessed with movies about World War II. She always has and still does love war movies, but for a period of several months we must have watched every single movie about World War II that existed, and there are a lot. There were… Continue reading What Does “Hacksaw Ridge” Offer?