Oscars: Best Director

This year, for me anway, is a pretty exciting year for the Oscars. The best director category usually has at least one of my favorite directors hanging around. Last year, we had Clint Eastwood and the long long overdue win for Mr. Scorsese. The year before held Steven Spielberg and the win for Ang Lee …

Oscar Films Remembered: Unforgiven

With the Coen brothers seemingly poised to take home a few golden statues this Sunday night, including the coveted “Best Picture”, for their critical darling, No Country for Old Men, it seemed like a good time to go back and look at another film that swept the Academy off its feet: Clint Eastwood’s western masterpiece, …

Oscars: Honorary Academy Awards

Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gives an honorary award to a recipient for their past & present contributions to film. In the early years, this award was given for an achievement that didn’t quite fit any of the categories voted on, but in recent years, its been reserved to celebrate …

A Bunch of Bava: Black Sabbath

‘Black Sabbath,’ is a triptych of a film, putting together three short films to make up one feature-length film. The movie is hosted by Boris Karloff, who also appears in the second film. The first story is, ‘The Telephone,’ about Rosy, a woman who receives a threatening phone call. She’s alone and it’s night and …

A Bunch of Bava: Knives of the Avenger

‘Knives of the Avenger’ was the third of four movies Mario Bava made in 1966. As impressive as the output is, the style in direction of each of the four is equally solid and never lacking. However, sometimes the story lines of some of these films make it difficult for one to pay attention. ‘Knives,’ …