What’s New

   April 1, 2023 10:31:51 pm: Added Gloria Swanson in The Humming Bird as Other Possible Nominee for Best Actress 1923-24.
   February 2, 2023 11:26 pm: Updated formatting of I. Paradise Lost & II. Paradise
   February 2, 2023 11:10 pm: Updated Best Actor 1918-19 - "...portrays the character in a remarkably sympathetic light.T Turn-of-the-century stereotype..." "...those rough and tumble sailors would be interested in adopting following." "The Yellow Man's youthful dreams come to wreck against the sordid realities of life." "have become the blossoms left broken, and ground into the dust." "...abiding by those tenets the West more closely identifies with its own Christian religion Christianity... encounters a young Christian missionary..." "rekindling his faith in humanity and an appreciation for..." "Or as Arthur Knight paints a the picture of him..." "As author Schickel says states, "The refinement of (Hunan's) sensibility..." "...succumb to the sort of macho, alpha-aggressions embodied by Burrows... suggest the sort of aggressive macho posturing..." "the collision course set between the pacifist character's appreciation for all that is cultured and beautiful in the world, and Burrows' embodiment of mankind's most belligerent, destructive and warlike impulses." "Though it initially feels just like poetic justice, watching Burrows finally receive retribution get what's coming to him, viewers can derive no lasting satisfaction from it. Because we sense that..." "Having vainly sought the higher road ground..." "Which is why he turns the knife on himself at the end, in his final act of self-violence..." "...the precepts of pacifism, instead meets his tragic end..." "Huan has, in effect, become the same very sort of vicious beast Battling always embodied." "...still problematic representation in, amongst others, such movies as..."
   February 1, 2023 9:36 pm: Updated Best Picture 1918-19 - "when it's its combined critical and commercial success promptly established the fledgling UA as a force to be reckoned with in the industry." "...the same rabid reactionary who had so vehemently inveighed against the notion of racial intermixing..." "Returning to his destroyed home room,..." "...audiences scared of catching the bug. While the movie industry..." "Having returned form abroad after two years, and Still coming down off the high of his recent heady epics..." "...imparts a cyclical sense of poetic closure... for the war's collective worldwide loss." "...the war itself is addressed directly only once in Broken Blossoms the film..." "...the racism he'd earlier advocated espoused in..." "rather than being espoused by the 'heroes,' as it was in The Birth of a Nation..." "the popularity of Griffith's Birth of a Nation had helped contribute to foster..." "Griffith's approach to his these atmospheric onscreen spaces became increasingly imaginative and reliant on poetic artistic license." "prefabricated within the his studio walls a highly artificial, entirely self-contained moviescape..." "...softening the movie's bruising wallops greatly. So that the picture can..." "And Lewis Jacobs further notes that "The Literary Digest concluded that..." "early scenes, in "a Great Chines Chinese treaty port," "...that is quite lovely to look at." "..the soft-focus, impressionist photography reserved for the lovers battles for screen time with the abrasive, graininess..." "Resultingly Tragically, their cozy little nook...shelled into rubble by an enemy army tank." "otherwise barren, war-ravaged hellscape land..." "...the shattered disillusionment of a post-war world. Both Cheng and Lucy are..." "...like the that "Hopeful Geranium" from Intolerance..."
   January 24, 2023 9:17:pm: Posted Oscars 2023 nominations.
   Posted SAG, AFI, Critics' Choice 2023 nominees.
   December 19, 2022 3:49 am: Published 2023 Golden Globe nominees.
   November 18, 2022 9:05 pm: Updated Intolerance review ' "Griffith constructed it so sturdily that two chariots can pass abreast of one another atop its walkway ramparts."
   November 18, 2022 1:08 am: Updated typos in Nightmare Alley review - "So, Nightmare Alley’s Nightmare Alley seems a culmination of sorts, the embodiment of what his career has collectively been about.":::"Stan Carlisle owes as much of a debt of inspiration to Gilbert in The Show as it he does Tyrone Power’s original conception." :::"Willem Dafoe’s carnival barker Clem assures us, people will pay good money to make themselves feel better, by looking down on this degraded excuse for a human being":::"...seeing right through Stan, into his dark soul, the way Stan isn’t quite able to adequately see assess himself in those mirrors.":::"Stan, whenever offered, claims his lips never touch liquor, and he looks down on Pete for not being able to control his own drinking habits.":::"...lift her out of her seedy surroundings, convincing her she’s better than the carny that has been so good to him and provided her only home.":::"...once he’s Stan’s thoroughly exploited fertile ground, he’s onto the next big swindle...":::"I was worried that the transition, once Stan leaves the fairgrounds behind, would terminally damage the temper and tone of the movie.":::"The movie pulls off such a perfect balancing act, that I was almost wishing it had spent a bit more time among the Midway...":::"... Stan’s own blindness to the perils of his charade, which he still views as harmless, despite its having become just as mortally dangerous...":::"He’s even willing to fork over his fancy gold watch for a quick swig from the cheap bottle being passed around communally."
   November 16, 2022 2:27 pm: Updated typo in Admission review - "But if a nebbish like Jeremiah can’t get into Princeton on his own cognizance, how in the world did Jesse Eisenburg’s Eisenberg’s Steve Mark Zuckerburg Zuckerberg get into Harvard in The Social Network?"
   November 14, 2022 9:21 pm: Updated typo in King Kong review - "...as we see when he moves thorough through the mountain cave littered with the ancient bones of his deceased ancestors..."
   October 29, 2022 10:45 pm: Updated typo in review The Witch - "They’re images we’ve always known, having haunted our imagination for generations, but seem here to be seared onto film for the first time."
   October 27, 2022 1:08 am: Updated spelling and typos in Intolerance review - "Having successfully juggled four storylines in Home Sweet Home, he set about quadrupling his efforts for Intolerance." "Still heady from his recent triumph with The Birth of a Nation, Griffith thought nothing of further challenging audiences... he poured the substantial profits from The Birth directly back into his new project..." "It's his very enthronement of this foreign, female idol, throwing over the patriarchal pantheon at whose alters the cult of the High Priest of Bel-Marduk (Tully Marshall) worships, that throws Babylon into ferment and turmoil." "Griffith constructed it so sturdily that two chariots can pass abreast of one another atop its walkway." "Drinking in the glories of this grand design from God's eye view affords us a moment of cinematic transcendence." "Commentators ever since have elaborated upon his statement in equally aquatic terms." "...just as similar obstacles will be thrown in The Mountain Girl's path as she tries to reach Belshazzar, heightening viewer's viewer suspense." "Though the analogy between the Nazarene and the modern story is merely implied in his standalone 1919 release of The Mother and the Law..."
   October 22, 2022 3:42 pm: Updated typo in review The Wolf of Snow Hollow - "In addition, Cummings himself has sited cited other influences as far afield as The Howling and the films of the Duplass Brothers."
   October 20, 2022 6:31 pm: Updated typo in review The Wolf of Snow Hollow - "The one alpha we see trimming his creeping hirsute, as of if determined to control the emerging animal within..."
   October 16, 2022 @ 02:02:42: Published Best Supporting Actor 1918-19.
   October 2, 2022 8:11 pm: Added Best Actor and Best Actress 1918-19.
   July 14, 2022 11:51 pm: Added Emmy nominations 2022.
   May 29, 2022 6:40 pm: Updated link to Male and Female video.
   May 17, 2022 12:20 am: Posted review Nightmare Alley.
   April 23, 2022 11:12 pm: Posted review The Power of the Dog.
   March 13, 2022 11:33 pm: Posted 2021 BAFTA and Critics Choice winners.
   February 3, 2022 5:33 pm: Posted 2021 BAFTA nominations.
   January 12, 2022 7:29 pm: Posted SAG 2021 nominations.
   January 12, 2022 07:46 pm: Updated Critics' Choice ceremony date.
   January 10, 2022 11:33 pm: Posted Golden Globe winners.
   December 30, 2021 03:05 am: Updated post Antlers for typo "...obstructionist West Virginia Senator Joe Mansion Manchin blocking President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda..."
  December 15, 2021 10:24 pm: "Cummings' plainly intends to acknowledge the current conversation concerning the necessity for police reform..."
  December 13, 2021 04:15 pm: Posted 2022 Golden Globe nominees and 2022 Critics' Choice nominees.
  December 11, 2021 01:06 pm: Updated reference in post Antlers: "Madigan’s wasted, but Greene gets to play a juicy Minerva Maleva part, explaining in fine detail, to the infuriatingly disbelieving white folk, how to stake the vampire through the heart."
  December 9, 2021 10:23 pm: Added list of AFI 2021 Honorees.
  December 9, 2021 09:44 pm: Added podcasts to posts Last Night in Soho and Antlers.
  November 28, 2021 10:43 pm: Added Spotify podcasts for posts Time after Time, Antlers and Last Night in Soho.
  November 28, 2021 10:01 pm: Posted review of Antlers.
  November 28, 2021 12:46 am: Posted review of Last Night in Soho.
  November 16, 2021 10:25 pm: Posted review of Time After Time.
  September 28, 2021 12:51 pm: Corrected reference to song title in In the Heights review: "in Atención” “Paciencia y Fe,” Abuela Claudia now sings she can’t even see the stars she once reached for..."
  September 27, 2021 01:11 am: Updated typos and proofread post Vice Versa and posted podcast.
  September 16, 2021 01:28 pm: Updated typos and proofread post Male & Female and posted podcast.
  Added Spotify podcasts for posts The Man Who Sold His Skin, In the Heights, They Might be Giants.
  September 10, 2021 05:38 pm: Updated repeated reference in post They Might be Giants: "evidenced by titles like ... the made for British/Canadian tv Silver Blaze (1977), The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (1977), Silver Blaze (1977), and Murder by Decree (1979)" and performed other general editing and proofreading, prior to posting podcast to Spotify.
  September 5, 2021 05:13 am: Posted review The Man Who Sold His Skin.
  August 26, 2021 10:12 pm: Updated typo in post Boy Erased: "And here her natural auburn tresses, concealed for some reason under that questionable blond wig she wears..."
  August 21, 2021 01:29 am: Posted review of Male and Female (1919).
  August 10, 2021 08:02 pm: Published post Vice Versa.
  August 8, 2021 10:24 pm: Updated typo and formatting in post The Wolf of Snow Hollow.
  August 5, 2021 09:46 pm: Published post They Might be Giants.
  August 3, 2021 01:07 pm: Updated typo in review In the Heights - "Not given the variety od of dreams we’re offered insight into over the course of the movie, from people of all ages and walks of life."
  August 3, 2021 12:45 pm: Updated formatting in post Admission.
  July 29, 2021 2:46 am: Updated Emmy Awards 2020, deleted extra listing for Outstanding Reality Competition Program.
  July 24, 2021 2:11 am: Added post for review of In the Heights.
   July 20, 2021 11:09 pm: Added 2021 Emmy Nominations, and associated widgets on sidebar for Snubs & Surprises. Added video of 2021 Emmy Nominations to content sidebar.
 May 28, 2021 9:10 pm: Added post of review The Wolf of Snow Hollow. Added podcast to Spotify.
 May 11, 2021 7:16 pm: Added new Widgets to Content Sidebar for Golden Globes 2022 cancellation.
 April 26, 2021 1:24 am: Added new page for Podcasts.
 April 25, 2021 9:08 pm: Posted Academy Award winners.
 April 2, 2021 @ 14:17:28: Updated typo in post The Favourite: "Harley likewise warns that she could be “back sleeping with a bunch of scabrous whores wondering whose finger’s in you’re your a**,”
March 23, 2021 @ 18:47:56: Updated typo in post The Post: "Lifting another lesson from world history, as he had with Schindler’s List, Munich, Amistad, Lincoln, and Bridge of Spies., Spielberg, like an elder statesman, is using cinema to advance and uphold American values"
"Not considered in the same league as The New York Times initially, David to their Goliath, it will still finish the fight they started, inspiring others to join their cause.Their Their determined daring to move forward with publishing becomes an act of solidarity among all unified newspapers"
March 23, 2021 @ 15:47:43: Updated typo in post Brokeback Mountain: "Even family members speak to one other another across great gulfs of alienation and loneliness." 
March 21, 2021 @ 20:57:37: Updated formatting and typos in post The Revenant: "Escaping from those pursuing Indian’s Indians on the war path following the kidnapping of their chief Elk Dog’s (Duane Howard) daughter..."
"He is among of the most ubiquitous of character actors we have working today..."
March 16, 2021 @ 23:38:53: Updated typo in page Golden Globes... 2020.
March 14, 2021 @ 20:06:07: Updated formatting in post Super 8.
March 14, 2021 @ 17:33:25: Updated typos in post Harriet: "Each slave Harriet absconds with is shown to hit the Bodess Bodesses where it hurts most..."
"Her rumbling chest tones seem so deep and sure and resonant, one can understand why they lures lure slaves to follow her to freedom, like the Pied Piper."
March 13, 2021 @ 00:03:45: Updated typos in post The Sacrament: "The Sacrament isn’t a horror film per se, like House of the Devil, though it certainly contains horror elements"
"...his will uncontested as the spokesman for God’s good and pleasing and perfect will..."
March 7, 2021 @ 23:01:56: Posted 2020 Critics' Choice Winners.
February 28, 2021 @ 23:02:49: Posted winners 
of 2020 Golden Globes.
February 27, 2021 @ 21:53:43: Updated typo in post The Favourite: "Anne won’t be burdened by being put through the awkward ordeal.She She seems so thoroughly under Sarah’s sway..."
February 27, 2021 @ 03:16:12: Updated typo in post Personal.
February 27, 2021 @ 03:10:03: Updated picture and typo in post Howards End: "It’s inconceivable that even hard-line hardline conservatives could view Margaret’s assumption of equality as a threat to political and social stability."
 February 27, 2021 @ 02:37:02: "The ravenous cravings Nic knows he can’t control terrifies terrify his father as much as they does do audiences when they flares flare up so unexpectedly..."
"Beautiful Boy is, in many ways, the ideal follow up to his breakout performance part last year..." 
"Groeningen might have been considered an ideal fit for Beautiful Boy, his English-language debut..."
"Groeningen filters everything through this serious veneer of medical-minded mesh..."
"Certainly this Nic, whose who's already unanchored..."
"From what we can tell he’s just a rebellious teen railing against the sterile conformity of staid, middle-class existence."
"Hutton, who came out of a clear blue to impress everyone with his all-emotions-bared performance..."
"And wWhen directors fail to get the proper results they want, they’ll frequently try to force it in this way..."
"His increasingly out-of-control behavior leaves him posing a threat to the sanctity of the household itself..."
"we’re meant to see the tragic, crystal-meth-addicted boy at movie’s center in the same divine light..."
"as it was with Chalamet’s equally out-of-control juvenile delinquent in The Adderall Diaries..."
"this high-speed car chase allows the inner light to finally dawn on her that she’s doing precisely what her husband always has..."
"The movie is like a big-screen variation on those ambush-style interventions on reality TV..."
"and more sense made of how they got to this impasse in their relationship. But unfortunately the film lets us down on this score..."
February 20, 2021 @ 22:52:51: Updated typo in post Brokeback Mountain: "the widest cross section of ticket buyers imaginable. Scandalous sexual content has never been detrimental..."
 February 20, 2021 @ 22:33:22: Updated wording and multiple typos in post Boy Erased: "Both focus on the father-son conflict, with the older man having his son institutionalized to ‘save’ him from what he saw sees as a self-destructive lifestyle."
 "Boy Erased even relied relies on a similar gambit of home movie montages,..."
"Boy Erased starts at the beginning, with Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) as a carrot topped carrot-topped tyke."
"So we must resist the urge to titter at first,..."
"But as the curtain is slowly drawn aside, something insidious is revealed to subsist at the core of this black souled black-souled conversion camp..."
"Later Dr. Victor Sykes, the camp’s counselor and resident pastor (director Edgerton, in his thick Caligari glasses and buzz cut, resembles artist renderings of D.B. Cooper) will just come right out and level with them the kids, affirming that God won’t love them unless they change their wicked ways and conform to heteronormative paradigms."
"leaving us wondering who in their right mind would ever want prefer to be gay if presented the option, proof positive orientation can’t be a choice. It certainly isn’t made to seem like a very appealing lifestyle prospect in this picture..."
"The longer they can be kept at camp, the more money there can be made by bilking complicit parents who find cost no object if it will make their kids 'normal.'"
"...given the crooked path they’re currently walking along."
"Before he finds out his son's circuits have been rerouted, Jared’s father is at least shown to have a healthy attitude toward his son’s sexual interests..."
"...leaving them in a constant state of embattlement with themselves."
"he’s maintained zero human contact for twenty-three days and counting..."
"Jon is imposing upon himself a state of utter physical abstinence, a sexualized form of the vow of silence."
"...the cardinal difference being that these fresh fish are strictly forbidden from peddling their sex for survival."
"Sykes mocks the plethora of threatening new choices now offered under the LGBTQ umbrella..."
"Loving in Action using uses fear tactics to scare these kids straight..."
"...one’s orientation determined by a combination of unconscious behaviors and a mastery of sports, rather than biochemical attraction."
"And raising the question opens the door to a Pandora's box of debates the movie never addresses..."
"Like the paranoid counselors, Wwe can’t help reading far more into every longing glance and innocent attention than is really there. Such as Like when fellow camper Jon tells Jared to stop staring at him all the time, giving him the heebie-jeebies by fixing him with a wholly imagined come-hither look that's wholly imagined on his part."
And While Jared feels compelled to patiently hear him out and absolve him, like a Catholic priest delivering last rites, despite his own the personal turmoil he'd just been put through, leaving."
"Understandably left confused and all out of sorts following this encounter, Jared’s left swimming against the tide as he moves down the hall in the opposite direction as everyone else."
"a fawn-like foreign art student Xavier (Theéodore Pellerin)..."
"since the gay culture community has become more visible and vocal following the social upheavals of the counter culture era, using the bible as a witch’s hammer."
"so can’t comment on whether that adopted a more hardline approach to its similar subject matter, but it would’ve been challenging to see a more subversive movie tackle the topic of religious persecution head-on."
"they can erase homosexuality from existence to suit their own divinely inspired worldview of agenda concerning how things ought to be – ..."
"loom menacingly up over their defensealess victims, like babadooks, which may weaken the point.T Turning..." 
"throwing his football player’s bulk around the way John Lithgow’s transgender Roberta did in The World According the Garp, in the interest of freeing him in the way as he wishes he could free himself, returning the favor in kind for Jared having been the only one to show him any empathy."
"forcing audiences to endure a reeducation of our their own."
"The only real drawback was is that she seemed seems to come across as too prim and proper at times."
"And the her natural auburn tresses, concealed for some reason under that questionable blond wig she wears, would have matched up far better with Hedges as her son..."
"Its ideologies are anathema to true Christian charity virtues."
"Beginning with her rousing reappearance at the clinic to rescue her son, Kidman’s characterization, with its pleasing echoes of Lion, leads up to another fine, ‘for your consideration’ soliloquy..."
"Despite all the prayers he Jared offers up for deliverance, she proves his real savior here."
"But unfortunately, the metaphor gets all gummed up in our recent movie going memories, with the emotionally scarring decapitation in Hereditary,..."
"...when Jared moves to Manhattan to pursue his dreams of becoming a writer at the end, it represents the primal fear of every died in the wool Bible Belt Baptist, the unspoken conviction that this is what the gay lifestyle is leading their boys into becoming – elite East coast liberals."
"With everything out now the weight is off his shoulders, but it instantly raises a whole new slew of unforeseen problems, as if Pandora’s Box had been opened."
"Like he his wife he admits to seeking the council of wiser men..."
"And with there being no changing him, it’s the father who will have to bend a little"
"Boy Erased seeks to empower artists like Jared who, having made his choice between writing and religion, as though they were mutually exclusive terms, became an author..."
 February 19, 2021 @ 19:15:28: Updated formatting on post Blackfish.
February 19, 2021 @ 16:07:59: Updated typo on post The Shape of Water: "Hoffstetler’s handler Mihalkov (Nigel Bennett), when not slinking around like a man in black, scarfs down the Surf and Turf house specialty, the the creature’s own kind, as if it were a heaping helping of escargot." 
 February 8, 2021 @ 00:15:51: Added 2020 Golden Globe and SAG award nominees. Updated typos on 2019 Golden Globe and SAG award nominees. 
 January 27, 2021 @ 20:26:57: Replaced When the Clouds Roll By with Treasure Island on poll for Best Picture 1919-20.
 January 27, 2021 @ 20:26:57: Added 2020 Indie Spirit Award Nominees to sticky post.
 January 29, 2021 @ 20:36:18: Added 2020 AFI Honorees to sticky post.
January 24, 2021 @ 22:57:29: Updated formatting in post The Sign of the Cross.
January 24, 2021 @ 22:35:31: Added Kit's obituary to Personal tab.
January 18, 2021 @ 22:51:07: Updated formatting in post Boyhood.
 Updated formatting in post Bridge of Spies and replaced trailer. Updated typo in sentence "So there seems to be some sense in what his Soviet programmers say while trying to get into Power’s Powers’ head, convince him his country isn’t concerned about soldiers’ welfare, only its own."
January 17, 2021 @ 15:50:57: Updated formatting in post Gett.
January 17, 2021 @ 15:42:59: Updated formatting in post The Imitation Game.
January 11, 2021 @ 17:43:39: Updated formatting in post The Witch. 
January 9, 2021 @ 23:31:53 Updated formatting in post The Place Beyond the Pines.
January 9, 2021 @ 04:36:09: Updated picture formatting in post Crimson Peak
January 8, 2021 @ 19:45:00: Updated typo in It Follows post "It Follows, probably thankfully, never address addresses the questions that keep popping into viewers’ minds, such as whether contagion is only communicable vaginally, or even if one uses protection."
January 8, 2021 @ 12:33:00: Updated typos in Game of Thrones post to "When Tywin orders Tyrion into the vanguard, he feels the need to clarify for us to en sure ensure we understand what’s being said “Me and the tribesmen on the front line?” " and "As Hollywood gives more and more playtime to testosterone-driven, big-budget action blockbusters, movie stars, especially actresses whose characters ar are regularly shunted to the wayside on the big screen, are discovering that the true quality scripts and challenging roles are to be found on television."
January 4, 2021 @ 19:23:59: Updated typo on Academy Awards... 2019 page from "Marot Robbie (Bombshell)" to "Margot Robbie (Bombshell)."
January 3, 2021 @ 16:23:59: Added news of death of Dawn Wells to Content Sidebar.
December 15, 2020 @ 21:23:59: Created What's New tab to track revisions, changes and updates.
December 15, 2020 @ 20:37:53: Corrected typo on post King Kong to: "There’s a fierce scar alongside once one eye and across his breast, betokening what it’s cost this king to maintain his island throne."
October 9, 2020 @ 19:09:20: Replaced When the Clouds Roll By (UA; Victor Fleming) with Treasure Island (Paramount; Maurice Tourneur) on list of Other Possible Nominees - ref. Waldman, Harry. Maurice Tourneur: The Life and Films. McFarland & Company, Inc., 2001. 

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