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John Buckley
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Can't Stop the La La: 2017 Oscars Precidtions
Oscar day is officially here (by a couple hours)! Although it usually leaves me feeling frustrated (see: The King's Speech  over The Social Network ) or thoroughly meh (last year's Spotlight  win), it really is one of my favorite days of the year. This year...

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Under the Moon and Stars: Films of 2016
If you're a reasonable, intelligent human being with a full set of working human emotions, you know that 2016 was an awful year for a variety of reasons. But movies is not one of those reasons—in fact, I'd say that 2016 was stronger than 2015 in almost ever...

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2017 Oscar Nominations Predictions
It's that time of year again -- the Golden Globes are in the rearview and the next exit is Oscar Nomination Tuesday (if we can get through the traffic jam on the 110 , that is). As usual, I will have plenty of catching up to do, but I've at least seen the c...

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Music Is All We Got: My Favorite 2016 Albums
The most surefire sign yet than I'm an Old -- in 2016, I listened to the least new music than I ever have. According to my Last.fm, only 29% of the music I listened to this year was from artists I wasn't already familiar with. I don't have the figures from ...

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Sound and Fury: My Favorite Films of 2015
Here we are in March, and I haven't written about my favorite films of the previous year yet ( again ). It always takes me so long because I want to see most of the Oscar nominees and smaller movies I glean from other year-end lists. And those movies aren't...

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2016 Oscar Predictions (continued)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant All five nominees did excellent work, but make it three Oscars in a row for the Mexican wunderkind, and for three very different films. Maybe one day Deakins will finally get one of these... My Non-Existen...

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