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The Rise and Ruin of Oscar Wilde

Our movie for this month, Wilde (Gilbert, 1997), presents, in historical context, important elements in the life of brilliant playwright and poet, Oscar Wilde. Wilde’s story is tragic and reveals the extreme bias and intolerance that existed toward gays in the Victorian era. Unfortunately, in our very modern age of information and greater understanding, this bias endures for some.

I recently attended a memorial service for a lifelong friend. One of the speakers stated in a remembrance that a person dies three times; he dies physically, he dies again when he is memorialized then buried, and he dies a third death when nobody on Earth remembers him or mentions his name again.

With the passing of decades, appreciation for Wilde’s works has not faded. Nor has interest waned in the man who took eloquent self-expression to a level only reachable by the brilliant.

Who was Oscar Wilde?

Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

It has been well over a century since Oscar Wilde’s death, yet his name keeps popping up in enough cultural references to the point that it seems every educated person today knows this renowned playwright by name and famous works Continue reading The Rise and Ruin of Oscar Wilde

2016 Oscar Nominations

The Academy Awards ceremony was televised live on Sun, Feb 28, at 7 pm on ABC.

Best Picture

  • The Big Short, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner
  • Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger
  • Brooklyn, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Doug Mitchell and George Miller
  • The Martian, Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam
  • The Revenant, Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon
  • Room, Ed Guiney
  • Spotlight, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust

Best Actor

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
  • Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

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American Graffiti: How Time Flies When You’re Cruising

Mel's Drive In in American GraffitiYears before George Lucas created a galaxy far, far away, where Jedi wield light sabers against the “Dark Side,” he directed a low-budget film called American Graffiti (1973) that defied low expectations and exploded with profitable success. This coming-of-age film is about teenagers marching into adulthood in the summer of 1962.  There are several reasons that this movie resonated so strongly with its audiences. Continue reading American Graffiti: How Time Flies When You’re Cruising

Finding meaning in American Graffiti: To Write or Rite of Passage?

American Graffiti (1973) is a coming-of-age film directed by George Lucas, and one of the most profitable blockbusters of the twentieth century. Set in Modesto, California in 1962, it contains four story lines of teenage angst and comedy. Can you decide what the title signifies? Continue reading Finding meaning in American Graffiti: To Write or Rite of Passage?