When I was a boy, in the early 1940s, there were no antibiotics and few vaccines. Kids had all the childhood illnesses--measles, mumps, chicken pox--and bad colds or sore throats that could turn into bacterial infections were cause for concern. An outbreak of polio struck terror into parents' hearts.
Never mind the groundbreaking achievement of filming the Oscar-nominated movie "Boyhood" over 12 long years. How about the
I went to the 8:30 a.m. U.S. premiere of, "Bonobo,"a film co-written and directed by Matthew Hammett Knott. "Bonobo," was first released in the UK to great success, winning awards and was very well received.
Hollywood awarded its greatest honors Feb. 22, doling out prizes for excellence in movies at the 87th Academy Awards. It was also a big night for Illinois -- at least three of the award winners come from the Prairie State.
Here are a few observations on current shifts in our cultural zeitgeist -- and how they found a reflection in some of Sunday night's best picture contenders at the Oscars.
Besides the Great Boyhood snub of 2015 -- and Eddie Murphy affirming he's purged all personality/humor -- this year's biggest regret surrounds Eddie Redmayne beating Michael Keaton for Best Actor.
Feb.1 -- Finnish Indie-Virtuosos Award -- Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, David Oyelowo -- Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Christopher Lloyd presented the awards, remarking, "As an actor, you have lived truthfully under imaginary circumstances
The Academy Awards for me was a surprise, notably in that I mostly enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris' performance.
Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director at Sunday's Oscars for "Birdman." Iñárritu bested Wes Anderson ("The Grand
"Whiplash" Directed and written by Damien Chazelle Starring Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Paul Reiser • "Miles Teller bleeds
For several days now, I've been struggling to understand why I'm so out of the loop on this one. It's not because I don't like experimental films or Richard Linklater. I didn't like Boyhood because it wasted my time with mostly unlikable characters, generally bad storytelling, and a whole lot of nothing.