2020 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Oscar nomination day is one of my favorite days of the year. When I lived in LA, I used to get up at 5 am to prepare for the early morning announcements – an UNHEARD of hour for me, as someone who had just graduated college and was way more used to going to bed…

Top 10 TV Series of 2019

Top 10 TV Series of 2019 10. Harley Quinn Harley Quinn is the story of what happens when a woman’s ego happens to be as inflated as any mediocre man’s. In 13 zippy, violent and irreverent half-hour episodes, we’re introduced to lovesick Harley (Kaley Cuoco), a minor sidekick who soon breaks free from her toxic…

Top 10 Films of 2019

Top 10 Films of 2019 10. Good Boys There’s something to be said for laughing your ass off in the movie theater. My number 10 slot could have easily gone to Sam Mendes’ sensorial WWI masterpiece 1917 or Alex Ross Perry’s Shakespearean Riot Grrrl drama Her Smell, but I wanted to honor one of the few films…

Final Oscar Predictions 2019

This was a busy year for me and the Academy Awards! First, I started prognosticating for Movie City News’ Gurus o’ Gold series and then was interviewed by BBC radio this past Friday about my predictions for the telecast. (Check out my segment at 52:18.) I think race relations will be this year’s overarching political…

2019 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Tomorrow morning is my version of Christmas. I get up early, bubbling over with anticipation, and wait nervously for the inevitable joy and pain. (The excitement of surprises and favorites, the anger of snubs or bad choices.) Arguably, Oscar nomination day is better than the awards show itself. By that time, the front-runners have already…

Top 10 TV Series of 2018

Top 10 TV Series of 2018 10. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat A friend recently described chef Samin Nosrat to me as “The New Anthony Bourdain”. I disagree. I don’t think we need a “new” Anthony Bourdain and I don’t want to reduce Nosrat’s contributions to foodie television to the confines of someone else’s brand. She…

Top 10 Films of 2018

Top 10 films released in 2018 10. The Tale There’s a moment in Jennifer Fox’s The Tale that is so real and so startling, I’ll never be able to think of memory the same way again. In the film, Jennifer (Laura Dern) reexamines a “relationship” she had with an older man when she was a…

Final Oscar Predictions 2018

2017: The year I was never so happy to be so wrong. When Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land  Best Picture, no one in the Dolby Theatre blinked an eye. It was just par for the course, the film having racked up a bunch of major awards, including Best Actress and Best…

2018 Oscar Nominations: Final Predictions

Tomorrow is my version of Christmas. I get up early in the morning, giddy with excitement, and I wait for catharsis after a year’s worth of anticipation. Will I get what I want? Will my heart break into a thousand pieces if I don’t? Arguably, Oscar nomination day is better than the awards show itself….

Top 10 TV Series of 2017

Top 10 TV Series of 2017 10. I Love Dick Jill Soloway’s brilliant micro-series about art, desire, and aging simply scorches: from the dusty desert setting to the searing sexual chemistry, you can practically feel heat emanate from your screen. Failed filmmaker Chris (Kathryn Hahn, indispensable) follows her older academic husband from Brooklyn to Texas…