Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by fillups

Philip Seymour Hoffman from Scent of a Woman Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2, 2014. I remember vividly the first time I became aware of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was watching Scent of a Woman (image above) and every time Hoffman put in an appearance as the weasely, cowardly classmate of Chris O'Donnell, I found myself riveted by this minor character. In this film, and so many others, Hoffman brings . . . more »

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by fillups

Philip Seymour Hoffman from Scent of a Woman Actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2, 2014. I remember vividly the first time I became aware of Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was watching Scent of a Woman (image above) and every time Hoffman put in an appearance as the weasely, cowardly classmate of Chris O'Donnell, I found myself riveted by this minor character. In this film, and so many others, Hoffman brings . . . more »

Remembering Joan Fontaine

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by fillups

Remembering Joan Fontaine October 22nd, 1917 - December 15th 2013 Joan Fontaine died peacefully at her home in Carmel, California at the age of 96. She won the Academy Award for Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion. Fontaine's sister, Olivia de Havilland was nominated and lost to Fontaine that evening which started stories of a vicious rivalry between the sisters when Fontaine turned away de Havilland's congratulations. The . . . more »

Christopher Nolan's Mindbending Movies

Posted on Sunday, November 3, 2013 by fillups

Director Christopher Nolan While movies are definitely a collaborative medium, I've always found the idea of the auteur really fascinating. In short, a director who manages to create a film with enough personal style that she (or he) is considered the author. A good case for this is the work of Christopher Nolan. From his very first short film (Doodlebug seen above), Nolan has shown an interest in . . . more »

The Awesome Gravity of Alfonso Cuarón

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by fillups

Scene from the film Gravity Sorry for the pun, but audiences are really falling for director Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity . This is great news because not only is Gravity a terrific movie experience but it means that an exceptional director is getting some deserved mainstream attention. Cuarón started out directing television in his hometown of Mexico City. While his best known films are large budget science fiction and fantasy . . . more »

The Awesome Gravity of Alfonso Cuarón

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 by fillups

Scene from the film Gravity Sorry for the pun, but audiences are really falling for director Alfonso Cuarón's movie Gravity . This is great news because not only is Gravity a terrific movie experience but it means that an exceptional director is getting some deserved mainstream attention. Cuarón started out directing television in his hometown of Mexico City. While his best known films are large budget science fiction and fantasy . . . more »

Watch Out For Sally Hawkins

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by fillups

Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett has been justifiably drawing raves and Oscar buzz for her stunning performance in Woody Allen's film Blue Jasmine. However, there is one other Oscar worthy performance from an actress who might be less familiar to most people. English actress, Sally Hawkins turns in a natural and winning performance as Jasmine's sister Ginger, whose natural warmth and generosity contrast with Jasmine's upper class affectations. . . . more »

Watch Out For Sally Hawkins

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by fillups

Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine Cate Blanchett has been justifiably drawing raves and Oscar buzz for her stunning performance in Woody Allen's film Blue Jasmine. However, there is one other Oscar worthy performance from an actress who might be less familiar to most people. English actress, Sally Hawkins turns in a natural and winning performance as Jasmine's sister Ginger, whose natural warmth and generosity contrast with Jasmine's upper class affectations. . . . more »

Going Back to School at the Movies!

Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 by fillups

The class The hot summer days of vacation are drawing to a close for students everywhere as schools begin the noble purpose of education. What better way for all of us to celebrate the season than to watch a bunch of movies about the institution, SCHOOL? Back to School! The class Director Laurent Cantet directed star and co-writer Francois Begaudeau in this 2008 re-creation of his experiences . . . more »

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