Monthly Archives: February 1999

Academy Award Nominations and Commentary

The 1998 Academy Award Nominations were announced this morning. I have included them here, along with my predictions and comments. Best Picture Elizabeth Life is Beautiful Shakespeare in Love Saving Private Ryan The Thin Red Line The top category comes … Continue reading

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October Sky - * * * 1/2*

October Sky is a rare oddity in cinema: a self-proclaimed “uplifting” film that is actually uplifting! Based on the autobiographical book by Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys, October Sky tells the struggle of four boys reaching for their dream. It’s 1957, … Continue reading

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Payback - * * 1/2*

Mel Gibson takes on his most unsympathetic role yet in the action thriller, Payback. Based on Richard Stark’s novel, The Hunter, previously shot in 1967 as the Lee Marvin thriller Point Blank, Payback tells the tale of a bad guy … Continue reading

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