When John Hughes Matters Most

  I don’t know how many Oscar ceremonies I’ve seen, but this year’s was the first that made me feel something other than fat and unfashionable. I’m talking about that lengthy, complex tribute to director John Hughes, the mastermind behind Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club and the guru of my adolescence....more

It's called Don't You Forget About Me: Contemporary writers on the films of John Hughes. I've ...more

Sandra Bullock's Oscar acceptance speech is less Miss Congeniality and more repect for your fellow women

Though I was just as happy to see Jeff Bridges, The Dude, win the Oscar for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" as I was to see Sandra Bullock win the oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role," something about their speeches struck me. ...more

I totally agree with you, Sandra Bullock did one of the best and honest acceptance speech and ...more

Oscars Predictions 2010: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

Hollywood's biggest night is just days away, and the question on everyone's lips in Tinseltown is, "How the hell are we going to get through the night with ten Best Picture nominations!? That's right, ladies and gents, in case you've forgotten, when it came to Best Picture nomination, this year the Academy instituted the emergency "Dark Knight rule." ...more

I think "The Lovely Bones" is a really nice and heart warming story. It lacked the dramatic ...more

The Oscar-Worthy Garden in It's Complicated: I'd like to thank Meryl...

Rhonda Fleming Hayes It was Christmas time, not the time when one's attention turns to garden blogs. On a lark, I thought to write about the gorgeous kitchen garden in the new movie, It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep. Who would have thought it would become the most popular post on my little seedling on a new garden blog? ...more

Guilty Pleasure Movies: My Secret Oscars

For every "best of" list, you can bet there's going to be a "worst of" counterpart. For instance, right on the heels of this year's Oscar nomination list comes the Golden Raspberry Foundation's Razzie award list, with nominations for worst actress, worst actor, worst picture and so on. ...more

I saw The Ugly Truth only for Gerard Butler, and I almost could not stomach that much cliché ...more

My Nominations for the Opposite Oscars: Worst Movies of the Year

I don't have what is commonly referred to as a Bucket List because I think they are a smarmy blend of pretension, bean counting, cheesy self-help and, on the Internet, competitiveness for sponsorship, and who needs that mess? Plus the Bucket List movie was a time drain, which was frustratingly ironic, because no one writes "see another crappy movie" on their Bucket List. ...more

The Razzies!  Maybe I can settle by attending the Razzies,though they almost always pick ...more

From Sophie to the "Devil" to Julia: The Memorable Meryl Streep

There's a scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, comes upon her boss Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep. Miranda is sitting at home in a robe, lacking makeup and her usual fashion industry 'tude.  She's just discovered her marriage is over and although clearly devastated, she struggles to maintain her pride, her arrogance and her grand, Miranda Priestly-ness. ...more

Yeah, Meryl's definitely got a Nurse Ratchet in her.  Did you see her in ...more

Oscar is Still Such a Dude: Where are the Films about Women's Lives?

The nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced this week, and despite a whooping 10 films nominated for Best Picture, once again Hollywood proves to be no country for old women. Or young women, really. Or at least the Best Picture nominees show us that as far as the content of Oscar-caliber films goes, the stories of women's lives don't tend to be made and don't tend to be celebrated in equity with stories about men's lives. ...more

I love your ideas for the alternative to the typical story lines, Deb. I would see those movies, ...more

Fall 2009 Movie Preview: Vampires and Vixens

"The Lovely Bones," "New Moon," "Nine," "Whip It," "Avatar."  These are just some of the movies that will be coming to a theatre near you this fall.  As most moviegoers know, fall is the season Hollywood trots out its "serious" films, those they hope Academy members will want to vote for come Oscar nominating time in January. ...more

The only roller two derby movies I can think of are "Kansas City Bomber" with Raquel ...more

The Academy Awards Try To Make Up For "The Dark Knight"

It took Batman to bring the Academy to its knees.  Next year the 82nd annual Academy Awards will have ten Best Picture Nominees.  You know whose fault that is?  Batman's.  Or rather last year's Batman movie, "The Dark Knight," starring Christian Bale and Academy Award winner Heath Ledger.  Because Academy voters weren't hip enough to nominate the very worthy "Dark Knight" for Best Picture instead of say that hideously overrated "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the Academy's gone off the deep cinematic end and decided to have ten Best Picture nominees next year.  ...more

It's true, the Academy doesn't run out and actively find the good films and nominate them.  A ...more