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A plea from The Movie Gourmet for Critics’ Awards and the Oscars

I’m always worried that the work of deserving filmmakers will get overlooked by the Academy Awards. It’s time for the critic’s awards, which can prompt Oscar nominations. And I have some opinions about some nuggets that should be recognized. BEST … Continue reading

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AQUARIUS: spirit, thy name is Sonia Braga

In the Brazilian character-driven drama Aquarius, Sonia Braga plays Clara, the last owner of a beachfront condo who hasn’t sold out to a developer who owns the rest of the condos.  The conflict is between Clara, who refuses to sell … Continue reading

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LOOKS LIKE AN AMAZING FALL SEASON FOR MOVIES

Every October through New Year, Hollywood rolls out its most cinematically aspirational movies to compete with indie and foreign Oscar bait. This shaping up to be a killer Prestige Season – the depth of the upcoming offerings is especially promising.  … Continue reading

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An Oscar Dinner after all, thanks to The Wife and Trader Joes

OK, so I just posted that we would skip our annual Oscar Dinner because we were returning from an away weekend, but The Wife insisted on meeting the challenge of catering it from Trader Joes. So here we are: Water, … Continue reading

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No Oscar dinner this year

Every year, we have watched the Oscars while enjoying a meal inspired by the Best Picture nominees. We’ve had sushi for Lost in Translation, cowboy beans for Brokeback Mountain, Somali chicken suqaar for Captain Phillips, etc.  The photo above shows … Continue reading

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Mill Valley Film Fest – see it here first

The Mill Valley Film Festival always showcases many of the most promising prestige films that are scheduled for release during Award Season. It’s the best opportunity for Bay Area film goers to catch an early look at the Big Movies. … Continue reading

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DVD/Stream of the Week: FORCE MAJEURE – some things you just can’t get past

In the droll Swedish dramedy Force Majeure, a smugly affluent family of four vacations at an upscale ski resort in the French Alps. The wife explains to a friend that they take the vacation because otherwise the husband never sees … Continue reading

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FORCE MAJEURE: some things you just can’t get past

In the droll Swedish dramedy Force Majeure, a smugly affluent family of four vacations at an upscale ski resort in the French Alps. The wife explains to a friend that they take the vacation because otherwise the husband never sees … Continue reading

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Mill Valley Film Festival: see it here first

The Mill Valley Film Festival always showcases many of the most promising prestige films that are scheduled for release during Award Season.  It’s the best opportunity for Bay Area film goers to catch an early look at the Big Movies. … Continue reading

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Searching for Sugar Man director dies

The Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul has died suddenly at age 36. He won the Best Documentary Oscar with his FIRST FEATURE – the powerful Searching for Sugar Man. Judging from Sugar Man, this is a significant loss to future cinema. … Continue reading

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