Ladies and Gentlemen, We have a winner! In 2015, Selma is the only film that approaches the majesty and gravitas of what an Oscar for Best Picture should be. It is a superb story but, ironically, not a well-produced film. Selma is actually a ten-part HBO television series squashed into a two-hour movie. The writer … Continue reading Oscars and Racism in the U.S.
Dear Friends and Colleagues, Working hard on the usual match-fixing, corruption and sport stuff. I will be back in a few weeks with a fair amount of work and news. However, in February I am taking a break to post thoughts on the themes of the current Best Picture Oscar-nominated films. I also include below … Continue reading Films By and For Actors & The Theory of Everything
American Sniper (minus) 2 ** stars As we get towards Academy Awards night, a series of essays on the themes from the films nominated for Oscar for Best Film. Today, American Sniper. The least thing they could do is admit they lost. The problem with the film American Sniper is that claims to be the truth. It claims to be … Continue reading So If You’re So Good, How Come You Lost?
It is a sign of the times. Another major sporting event: another slew of e-mails about whether the game was fixed. For those who have missed it, last night’s Super Bowl, went down to the final minute. The Seattle Seahawks, down by several points to the New England Patriots, got the ball to the … Continue reading On Fixing the Super Bowl and ‘Extreme’ Weather