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Top 20 Films of 2016

I noticed two thematic threads weaving through the films of 2016, ideas which seem at odds yet perhaps have more in common beyond an initial reaction: grief and coming of age. It seems fitting for a year like 2016 that grief would pervade our filmic imagination. Movies like Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, Arrival, Captain Fantastic, Tower, Don’t Breathe, […]

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Half-Year Favorites of 2016

The first six months of 2016 have come and gone, and with them have been a. Lots of superheroes. Lots of sequels. Lots of animated or CGI talking animals. Even a sequel about CGI talking-animal superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Somehow, none of those types of movies will be found here. Instead, here […]

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Reviewing the Classics: Make Way For Tomorrow

When Leo McCarey won an Academy Award for directing The Awful Truth, he began his acceptance speech with the following: “I want to thank the Academy for this wonderful award, but you gave it to me for the wrong picture.” That same year also saw the release of one McCarey’s saddest, and perhaps most significant […]

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Reviewing the Classics: Casablanca

If you asked me about my top 10 favorite films of all-time, Casablanca would be on the list. It’s romantic, witty, adventurous. It is both ahead of its time and incredibly timely. The doomed romance between Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) is evocative, complex, and fulfilling. What gets me about Casablanca […]

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The Mayward Oscars 2016

The 2016 Oscar nominees have been announced, and it’s all fairly predictable stuff. The only real surprises might be the snubs–no Best Picture or Best Director for Carol, no Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin or Quentin Tarantino, no acting nominations for non-white actors, etc. In my view, the Oscars rarely recognize the truly best films of the […]

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