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  • Fighting ‘Gravity’ and other motion picture musings

    By Melissa Weller

    February 26, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Some chalk talk on the 86th annual Oscar tournament.

    Best Picture 

    Winner: Dallas Buyers Club 
    Wild Card: 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave has all the ingredients for best picture pie; it’s a deep-pocketed period piece that forces painful retrospection of our own harsh and...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

  • Her brother’s keeper: Letty Aronson is Woody Allen’s younger sister and producer/gatekeeper

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 16, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Woody Allen couldn’t care less about the Academy Awards. The 23-time nominee, mostly in the directing and writing categories, notoriously disapproves of the contest between creative works, eschews the ceremony and usually learns of its results from the following day’s New York...

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  • Lessons from “True Grit”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 26, 2011 | 8:58 pm

    Watching the movie, I kept thinking that the Academy has gotten it horribly wrong. “True Grit” is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Jeff Bridges) and Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld). But there is nothing “supporting” about Steinfeld’s role or...

  • Lessons from “The Fighter”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 20, 2011 | 10:08 pm

    The Fighter” is an inspiration for anyone who may be may struggling with the pain and pitfalls of family drama.

    With an overbearing, dominating mother as his manager, a crack-addicted, older brother as his trainer, and a gaggle of 20 and 30-something sisters who all seem to be...

  • Lessons from “Toy Story 3”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 13, 2011 | 10:18 am

    Well yes, I cried, like a lot of people. Andy shows that he cares and he does not abandon his friends. A cry-worthy moment. It’s what we all hope for from those we love: to know that they value us, after all, and that we really mean something to them.

    The astounding success of...

  • Lessons from “Winter’s Bone”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 10, 2011 | 12:16 am

    Excellent little movie! It’s a story that embodies determination, gutsiness, unwavering loyalty, unselfish love, tenderness, and courage, as a remarkable young girl triumphs in the face of impossible odds.

    Ree Dolly is a 17 year old Ozark Mountain girl, stuck in extreme poverty,...

  • Lessons from “The Kids Are All Right”

    By Misha Henckel

    February 2, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    The kids may be okay, but the grown-ups are a complete mess! That was my reaction about half-way through. I mean what the heck! I thought this was going to be a really smart, funny movie that made us think again, and deeply, about marriage and family. Instead, writers Lisa Cholodenko...

  • The Fighter:  David O. Russell and Amy Adams [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    For “The Fighter” director (and Oscar nominee) David O. Russell, the film isn’t just a docudrama about the rise of boxer Micky “Irish” Ward (nominee Mark Wahlberg), who won the Light Welterweight Championship in 2000 with the help of his ex-champ half-brother, Dicky...

  • Lessons from “The King’s Speech”

    By Misha Henckel

    January 27, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    Everyone must see “The King’s Speech!” This is a film about courage, inner strength, perseverance and finding one’s voice and one Self. It is about showing up even in the face of overwhelming odds, and about the value of true friendship.

    It’s a true story based on the life...

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