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The Worst Oscar Telecast I’ve Seen

Sigh. Some of our four loyal readers may be all Oscar‘d-out, but after that atrocity exhibition of a telecast last night, I just can’t sit idly by while it goes largely accepted.  As I’ve chronicled, I love (the idea of) the Oscars, which is why it irritates me so much that we can’t get the…

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The Oscars: The Good, Bad, and Fixable

I’m a bigger fan of the Academy Awards than anyone else I know. That’s not all on my end—I don’t view the Oscars as some flawless representation of entertainment or anything.  No, I make that statement in part because the Oscars—coming up this Sunday night—are one of the easiest punchlines in the world. No one, it…

The best thing about The Descendants?

The Descendants: This is 2011’s best?

The Descendants won the top honor tonight at the Golden Globes, and it’s threatening to make a legitimate Oscar splash.  Even in a truly horrendous year for mainstream American movies, the potential of this winning Best Picture concerns me as much as The Social Network losing last year did.  I’ll preface this review by saying…