Oscar Podast #14 – Ringing Out the Old Year

Join Sasha, Ryan and me for the last Oscar Podcast of 2012. This week we toss out our predictions for the WGA, PGA and ADG nominations coming later this week. We also find ourselves discussing the Zero Dark Thirty controversy… AGAIN! As always you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. If you’re like me (read…)

Living in Cinema’s Top 10 of 2012

No fanfare this year and not a lot of dancing around or justifying. Here are my favorite movies of 2012: Zero Dark Thirty Amour Lincoln The Life of Pi The Kid with a Bike Holy Motors Cloud Atlas Jeff, Who Lives at Home The Master Beasts of the Southern Wild I ultimately saw fewer movies (read…)

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Enter the Dragon (1973) Directed by Robert Clouse Roy Chiao as Shaolin Abbott and Bruce Lee as (wait for it…) Lee Lee: A good fight should be… like a small play, but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready; not thinking, yet not dreaming; ready for whatever may come. When (read…)

Clockwork Orange Cooler

This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the Title Music From A Clockwork Orange, Wendy Carlos’ opening salvo in one of the most distinctive soundtracks of all time. A synthesizer version of the march from Henry Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary written in 1695, this piece sets the dark, futuristic tone for everything (read…)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A Clockwork Orange (1972) Written and directed by Stanley Kubrick Malcolm McDowell as Alex and Richard Connaught as Billy Boy (not pictured) Alex: Ho, ho, ho! Well, if it isn’t fat, stinking, billy goat Billy Boy in poison. How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap, stinking chip oil? Come and get one in the (read…)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Directed by Leonard Nimoy Leonard Nimoy as Spock and William Shatner as Kirk Kirk: We have two perfect whales right in our hands and if we don’t move quickly, we’ll lose them. Spock: In that event, the probabilities are that our mission would fail. Kirk: Our mission? Spock, (read…)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Directed by Leonard Nimoy William Shatner as Kirk and John Larroquette as Maltz Kirk: We’re going to break out of orbit. You… help us or die. Maltz: I do not deserve to live. Kirk: Fine. I’ll kill you later. Let’s get out of here.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Directed by Nicholas Meyer Ricardo Montalban as Kahn Khan: Ah, Kirk, my old friend. Do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold… in space.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Directed by Robert Wise. William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Stephen Collins as Decker, Leonard Nimoy as Spock and DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy Spock: Captain, V’ger is a child. I suggest you treat it as such. Kirk: A child? Spock: Yes, Captain, a child; evolving, learning, searching… instinctively needing. (read…)

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Merry Christmas from Living in Cinema

Full Metal Jacket (1987) Directed by Stanley Kubrick Lee Ermey as Gny. Sgt. Hartman Hartman (singing): Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, dear Jesus. Happy Birthday to you.

Online Film Critics Society Nominations

Best Picture Argo Holy Motors The Master Moonrise Kingdom Zero Dark Thirty Best Animated Feature Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Secret World of Arrietty Wreck-It Ralph Best Film Not in the English Language Amour Holy Motors Rust and Bone This Is Not a Film The Turin Horse   Best Documentary The Imposter The Invisible War Jiro (read…)

Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard (1988) Directed by John McTiernan Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber Hans (reading the graffiti scrawled on dead Tony’s sweatshirt): “Now I have a machine gun. Ho. Ho. Ho.”


This week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is Luis Enríquez Bacalov’s theme song from Sergio Corbucci’s Django, a film which lent its name to Quentin Tarantino’s delightful spaghetti western/blaxploitation mash-up Django Unchained which opens Christmas Day. Not coincidentally, this theme opens Tarantino’s film. That’s it from me, now it’s your turn because you’re what this column is all (read…)

Bad Santa (2003)

Bad Santa (2003) Directed by Terry Zwigoff John Ritter as Bob Chipeska Bob: He happens to be a, a, a dwarf or… midget. I don’t know what he’s called exactly, but uh… he’s a little guy… little Billy Barty, God rest… but thin fingers, not the (gulp)… fat sausage fingers.

Elf (2003)

Elf (2003) Directed by Jon Favreau Artie Lange as Gimbel’s Santa and Will Ferrell as Buddy Buddy: You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Christmas in Connecticut (1945) Directed by Peter Godfrey Barbara Stanwyck as Elizabeth Lane and Reginald Gardiner as John Sloan Elizabeth: You’re very sweet to me, John (they kiss) John: I always think of details. I was designing a house once… the plumbing. Instead of ordinary pipes, they had to be double ribbed ones. It’s nothing, (read…)

Samantha Barks Flies the Flag for Eponine in Les Misérables

Of all the names in Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of the beloved stage musical Les Misérables, the one casual fans might not recognize right away is that of Samantha Barks who plays Eponine. Though the 22-year-old has plenty of experience on stage in England, she’s not yet a household name in the United States. That’s (read…)

Trailer #2: Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”

Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (pushed from Holidays 2012 to Summer 2013 ostensibly so Luhrmann could finish the 3D) looks like it’ll play well for 14-year-olds who don’t want to have to read the book for literature class.

Tarantino Unchained

Quentin Tarantino on the set of Django Unchained Photo by Andrew Cooper, SMPSP – © 2012 – The Weinstein Company I had the pleasure of seeing Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained again last night, this time at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ nicely appointed Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. My main mission (read…)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) Directed by Ernst Lubitsch James Stewart as Aflred Kralik and Margaret Sullavan as Klara Novak Klara: Mr. Kralik, it’s true we’re in the same room, but we’re not in the same planet. Alfred: Ms. Novack, although I’m the victim of your remark, I can’t help admiring the exquisite way (read…)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty opens with a black screen and the sound of panicked voices. It is September 11, 2001 and the people working inside the World Trade Center that morning are calling loved ones and 911 operators, fearing the worst but still not knowing the real horror to come. Claustrophobic and unnerving, it is the briefest of introductions and the only explicit reference to 9/11, but with it director Kathryn Bigelow is reminding us of how we all felt that morning – the sense of confusion and shock which, in the days and weeks that followed, would transform into rage and the need for revenge.

Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder”

Coming April 12th.

Scrooged (1988)

Scrooged (1988) Directed by Richard Donner Kate McGregor-Stewart as The Censor and Bill Murray as Frank Cross Censor: I’m sorry, Mr. Cross. I am the censor and I will not allow this costume on the air. Frank: Why not? Censor: Well, specifically, you can see her nipples. Frank: I want to see her nipples! Censor: (read…)

White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954) Directed by Michael Curtiz Danny Kaye as Phil Davis and Bing Crosby as Bob Wallace Phil: You’re a miserable, lonely, unhappy man. Bob: Oh, you’re wacky. I’m a very happy man. Phil: Well then you’re happy for the wrong reasons and that’s the same as being lonely and miserable except it’s worse. (read…)

Oscar Podcast by the Dozen

Would you believe we’ve racked up 12 of these things? In a row? Among other things, this week Sasha, Ryan and I talk about Django Unchained, the bloodiest Christmas movie you’re likely to see and we go over the controversy currently bubbling up around Zero Dark Thirty. By my watch, this one clocks in around (read…)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas Vacation (1989) Directed by Jeremiah Chechik Randy Quaid as Eddie. Eddie: Merry Christmas! Shitter was full.

Sonny Rollins and the Alfiecooler

A recent Movie Quote of the Day and a revisit of Episode 9 of Ken Burns’ Jazz miniseries has inspired this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude taken from the soundtrack to Lewis Gilbert’s Alfie composed and performed by tenor sax titan Sonny Rollins. This bit is from the end credits. That’s literally all from me this (read…)

Taking on critics of the built-in moral ambiguity of Kathryn Bigelow’s remarkable “Zero Dark Thirty”

  Walking out of a screening of the compelling and disturbing Zero Dark Thirty a couple of weeks back, two things occurred to me. The first was that I’d just seen my favorite movie of the year and the second was that it was likely going to inspire a great deal of whining and hand-wringing (read…)

Lost in America (1985)

Lost in America (1985) Directed by Albert Brooks. Written by Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson. Julie Hagerty as Linda Howard and Albert Brooks as David Howard David: Oh, God. I guess this was my fault. That’s what I’m thinking. Maybe I just didn’t explain the nest egg well enough. If you had understood… you know, (read…)

Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Viva Las Vegas (1964) Directed by George Sidney Elvis Presley as Lucky Jackson, Ann-Margaret as Rusty Martin and Cesare Danova as Count Elmo Mancini Rusty: Can you help me please? Lucky: Can we help you? Yes, ma’am. Rusty: Well then, I’d like you to check my motor. It whistles. Lucky: I don’t blame it.

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