Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Oscars: Predictable, Pretentious, and Politically Laden

A slow moving, generally unfunny Oscar telecast resulted in predictable outcomes in almost all of the major award categories.

Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress, J.K. Simmons took Best Supporting Actor, and Julianne Moore received the Best Actress award, three foreseen and expected wins that numerous Oscar watchers had already anticipated.

Eddie Redmayne edged out Michael Keaton for Best Actor, a consequence of having acquired momentum following his SAG Award win in the same category.

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The Darkest Shade of ‘Grey’


The “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels, already “mainstream” in their appeal, had readied conditions across the cultural landscape for a perfect storm of the cinematic kind. The film adaptation of the initial “Grey” book has just broken box-office records. It has also severely chipped away at society’s common conscience and established a deeply disturbing baseline for societal norms.

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Plagiarism Claim over Sam Smith`s Grammy Winning Song Is Settled


At the recent Grammy Awards ceremony, British soul singer Sam Smith snagged some major attention by taking home four Grammys, which included awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album.

His biggest hit, “Stay With Me,” was in contention for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year and took both trophies. However, the tune was also the subject of a news story that involved a fellow musical artist, who this year was up for a Grammy as well, the famed producer-singer-songwriter Tom Petty.

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Michael Moore Still Fears Clint Eastwood


In an apparent effort to garner publicity, Michael Moore continues to make provocative statements about “American Sniper,” the film that has captured moviegoers’ attention and consequently taken the box office by storm.

The concoctor of controversy now appears to be trying to elicit sympathy from the public for something that “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood said in a speech made ten years ago. Moore recently posted a lengthy rant on his Facebook page in which he further disparaged Eastwood’s latest film. He continued with a veiled attack on another of the acclaimed director’s movies, “Gran Torino,” and tried to further damage Eastwood’s reputation by lifting out of context a decade-old remark made by Eastwood and strewing it among the weeds of loaded language.

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