Films in 2017: March

March was a very busy month for me at work, but I managed to watch a decent amount movies while also making sure I got enough sleep. I ended up watching a few documentaries this month on FilmStruck (though they were all entertainment-related), and I hope to continue that trend throughout the rest of the…

Jack Lemmon in Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

One of my all-time favorite actors is Jack Lemmon, as he never failed to illuminate the screen in any role he played, whether it was in a mediocre movie or in one of cinema’s most beloved films. While he’s probably best known for his more comedic work in films like The Odd Couple and Some…

2017 Blind Spots: Umberto D.

Umberto Domenico Ferrari (Carlo Battisti), an elderly man in Rome, is struggling to maintain a decent standard of living on his dwindling pension. He’s behind on his rent, and his landlady is threatening eviction if he doesn’t pay what he owes at the end of the month. Unable to get the money in time and feeling ill,…

Films in 2017: February

Well, February and awards season sure went out with a bang (who hasn’t seen that Oscar snafu by now… I’m still not over the craziness!). Now that we’re in March, I can shift my focus back onto more TCM and FilmStruck screenings, as I spent much of the past month catching up on Oscar-nominated movies. I…

2017 Blind Spots: Au revoir les enfants

In the winter of 1944 in Nazi-occupied France, Julien Quentin (Gaspard Manesse) returns to his Catholic boarding school following the holiday vacation. Upon his arrival, he meets the school’s newest student, Jean Bonnet (Raphaël Fejtö), who is treated as an outsider by his classmates due to his reserved nature. Though there’s initially some friction between the…

The 89th Academy Awards: My Picks and Predictions

Oscar Sunday is finally upon us! Though I don’t always agree with what film the golden boy goes to, I always enjoy watching the Academy Awards. And as I’ve always done before the show, I watched all the films nominated in the night’s top eight categories: the four for acting, the two screenplay categories, Best…

Oscar Favorites: 16 Musicals Nominated for Best Picture

We’re less than 48 hours away from the 89th Academy Awards! This year it’s very likely that the musical La La Land will take home the night’s top prize, along with numerous others. So in honor of the Oscars this weekend, and the direction it’s expected to take, I put together a list (and made…

Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

Today the great Sidney Poitier hits a milestone birthday, as the legendary star turns 90 years old. The actor helped pave the way for black actors in getting roles more worthy of their talent, instead of being cast in subservient roles as had been done too often prior to his screen debut in 1950’s No Way…

Films in 2017: January

We’re officially a month into 2017, and it’s already been quite a year… but as I do on my blog, we’ll just focus on the movies I watched, and I kicked off the first month of the year with a great selection of movies. For starters, I had the immense pleasure of seeing Singin’ in the…