Posts in "Editorial"
EDITORIAL: Movies and the 9/11 impact

UPDATED:  September 11, 2015 with updated and new movie inclusions (after original post from the 10th anniversary in 2011) and a new section of faded and relaxed sensitivity.  I plan to make this an annual post and study.

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COLUMN: Predicting the major 86th Academy Award nominations

It's that time of year again!  With announcement of nominations for the 86th Academy Awards coming early Thursday morning, we've arrived at the peak of awards seasons.  The scene has been buzzing all week after the upset-filled popularity contest that was the 71st Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday.  At the festivities, plenty of new possible contenders emerged, while a few Oscar races were made even more ironclad.

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COLUMN: Who will win/should win the 2014 Golden Globes?

Welcome to January and the first major month of the 2014 awards season.  Many of the small and regional film critics groups have spoken with their award winners in many categories from the best of the best of film in 2013.  Most of those winners have been quiet news, but business picks up when the Hollywood Foreign Press speaks and names their best with the annual Golden Globe Awards.  As always, they are the leading precursor to the future Oscar nominations for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards.

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EDITORIAL: New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry in 2014

As I say every year, plenty of regular everyday people make New Year's Resolutions, but I think bigger entities, namely movie makers and movie moguls, need to make them too.  I volunteer to stand in and make those resolutions in one of my favorite editorials to writes every year.  Welcome to my third annual "New Year's Resolutions for the Movie Industry."  

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EDITORIAL: The 10 Best Films of 2013

For the third year in a row, I've been lucky enough to catch as many of the best and brightest movies of 2013 as possible before the official end of the year today.  I managed to keep seeing movies and discovered the beauty of Video on Demand, which expanded my opportunities to review movies running concurrently in theaters.  I found greater luck being near the big city of Chicago to win my way into advance screenings through contests and Gofobo events.  The best part of all was getting the chance to treat myself and take part in the 49th Chicago International Film Festival, where three of my "10 Best" movies came from.  I'm amazed that I was able to see all that I did with a new little piece of entertainment at home.

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EDITORIAL: What happened to the "high school" movie?

A college classmate and Facebook friend of mine posed a particular question to me this past spring.  As a devout fan of fun movies, he asked me "what happened to the high school movie?"  It was a simple, but intriguing question that I've wrestled over for months now.  Most importantly, he was right.  Hollywood doesn't make the same high school movies they used to. 

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EDITORIAL: The Best Movies Filmed and Set in Chicago

As a movie nerd at heart, the visuals of the city and its skyline that have shown up in popular movies have become my go-to landmarks and conversation starters.  I point to a spot, mention the movie, and it all clicks.  Since it's been quite a while since I've written a good editorial "10 Best" list, I've decided to make Chicago the subject.  Here, with a couple of shameless ties, are my picks for the ten best movies filmed and set in Chicago.  

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EDITORIAL: 14 films to keep an eye on for the 2014 Oscars

In a new editorial project to follow up this past weekend's 85th Academy Awards, I wanted to look deep into the crystal ball and see if I could earmark some movies coming here this year in 2013 that could shape up to be Oscar contenders for the 86th Academy Awards happening in 2014. 

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EDITORIAL: Final 2012 Awards Tracker and 2013 Oscar reactions

Another year and another awards season are in the books.  As always, I enjoy seeing what movies end up showered with praise and which ones were not.  Last night's exceeding long Oscar show results from the 85th Academy Awards are in and the final scores on my "2012 Awards Tracker" are updated below.

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EDITORIAL: The Ultimate Movie Character Football Team

n honor of Super Bowl XLVII happening this weekend at the Superdome in New Orleans between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, I wanted to put a little movie spin on the fun of Super Bowl week.  There have been many dramatic and heroic football movies made over the years.  I've already made my list of the best of all-time football films right here, but wanted to look at the many individual characters this time.

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