Category Archives: Academy Awards

A Few Thoughts on the 2016 Oscars

I haven't said too much about the Oscars yet this year. That's because when I do I'll be dropping lots of swears. You've been warned. Everyone else HAS  been talking about them. It's a big problem: the serious lack of diversity in the major categories. Boycotts have been called. There's lots of bad reasons for…Read More

Where’s the Oscar bait?

Friday is Halloween. It makes sense a crappy—in most reviewers' opinions, anyway—horror movie is in cinemas, Ouija. But since the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the traditional start of the season where Hollywood studios release their best stuff, we haven't seen much that's award-worthy. I'm talking about prestige pictures. Where are they? It's as if it's…Read More

My Problem with Forrest Gump

I hated this movie. When Forrest Gump came out 20 years ago this weekend, I was really annoyed by it. I saw it in Ottawa, and I remember exiting the cinema just cheesed off. I wasn't even sure what it was that bothered me so much, just the distinct feeling I'd been proselytized to. Next…Read More