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Thursday, February 22 2007

Rewarding the Oscar Also-Rans

With the Academy's 'big dance' on the horizon, it's time to recognize those motion pictures and performances overlooked by Oscar's self-serving system of artistic determination.


Tuesday, February 6 2007

The Invincible Stubbornness of Judi Dench

Some consider her one of the grand dames of modern motion picture acting. But when it comes to her actual performances, this celebrated Oscar winner is decidedly one note.


Wednesday, November 15 2006

Analingus and the Borat Antidote for Cultural Thin Skin

He's the most polarizing figure in recent pop culture history, and our mainstream movie maven is here to tell us why that's a good thing - for comedy and for society.


Monday, October 16 2006

The Great Wait for Oscar Bait

If there's anything to be learned from a review of the year so far, it's that 2006 will either go down as a terrible movie year or a tremendously back-loaded one.


Tuesday, September 12 2006

Towering Concerns

It's admirable that people want our culture to strive for relevance and depth in its filmmaking and film watching, but our desperate grasping for real world ideals has dissolved our sense of cinematic values.


Monday, July 24 2006

Hollywood’s Boring, Boring, Blockbuster Summer

Think Summer of 2006's popcorn movies have been more bust than boffo? You're not alone, according to our resident mainstream movie maven.


Monday, June 12 2006

The Battle for M. Night Shyamalan’s Artistic Soul

As the weather heats up outside, all summer blockbuster eyes will be on M. Night Shyamalan's latest epic of the ethereal. But the big question is, Will it be a return to form? Or the final nail in his creative coffin?


Tuesday, April 11 2006

The Mid-Level Movie Star’s Guide to Staying That Way

Tired of striving for the A-List and failing? This month's insider look at the industry offers up seven lessons guaranteed to help the overreaching actor maintain his b-level mediocrity.


Tuesday, February 28 2006

The Academy NIT

Year in and year out, Oscar typically misses some noteworthy candidates for recognition. Stale Popcorn offers its list of overlooked gems in this annual March 'madness'.


Sunday, January 22 2006

Ladies’ Plight

What's most notable about superstars in the last decade is not that there are so few of them. It's that none of them have been female. Of Hollywood's elite women, several have found success largely in the shadows of men.


Monday, December 12 2005

How Chris Tucker Made a Fortune in Films Without Making Movies

Want a sure-fire way to a $20 million payday? Just follow the Chris Tucker example of salary security: don't make a movie for five years.


Monday, November 14 2005

Trumping the Box Office Slump

Posner has some advice for all those suits who believe that the current box office slump is centered around bad films or the burgeoning sell-through schism of DVD: 'It's the marketing, stupid!'


Tuesday, October 18 2005

Intervening Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is in trouble, and its up to Posner and his pals to see him through this latest creative crisis, or else all might be lost for the once mighty Oscar winning moviemaker.


Monday, September 12 2005

The Case for Tom Cruise

If we are indeed witnessing the death rattle of Cruise's career, then perhaps it's time to give him some credit for what it was that made his stardom so impenetrable for so long.


Sunday, August 7 2005

Mr. Cent Goes to Hollywood

To be fair, with musicals out of vogue, rappers as a group are more intrinsically prepared to handle movie roles than other pop stars.


Monday, July 11 2005

Fighting Hollywood’s Super-Relapse

Director-driven fare is back in Hollywood vogue, and one of the great joys of this new auteurist era is watching it spill into comic book adaptations.


Monday, June 6 2005

Hollywood’s Battle with Depression

It's war to see who really came to America's rescue after the big crash of '29. And the cinematic suspects are a boxer, a ghost, and a horse... of course.


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