The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator (2004) is a period epic that isn’t hurt by it’s technical mastery, especially rare for a biopic or historical movie of this grand a scale. UnlikeTitanic, this one has heart and soul and doesn’t feel like it’s way too long. Above all else is a masterful Oscar-nominated performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, with strong […]

The Marjorie Rambeau Effect, Part 1

During the history of the Academy Awards, the maximum number of nominees permitted in various categories has changed. Also, rules about how many films a single person can be nominated for has changed as well. In fact, the actual categories themselves have come and gone from year to year. Until the 1950s there was no […]

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh leave an indelible impression with iconic and Academy Award-nominated performances (Leigh won) in this iconic film adaptation of an iconic American play. Brando gets most of the attention now, but Leigh deserves as much. Her misfortune is that she was never considered a ground-breaking actress, just a great one, and […]