Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life

So…I discovered something surprising today, and that’s that Peter Capaldi is part of a very select group of actors…people who have both appeared on Doctor Who, and who have also won Oscars!

(Daily Doctor Who #86)

Continue reading Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life

Requiem for a Film Guy

The nominations for the 2015 Academy Awards were announced recently.

The Oscars used to be a bit of a big deal for me.  I’d make sure to watch each year, now matter how late it went.  I’d write down the winners on a little list I’d make in a notebook (I’m a bit of a habitual list maker – see here and here and here).  There were often a lot of the nominated films that I wouldn’t have seen, but as I got older I aspired to be more familiar and appreciative with what were apparently the best examples of what was being produced in my chosen field that year.  This was especially true in the years right after college.  After all, wasn’t I supposed to be a “film guy”?

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Cut to a couple of decades later and I’m skimming through the list of this year’s nominees.  I pay special attention to all the nominated films that I have actually seen.  Guess how many there are?

Six.  Six whole films, representing seven nominations. Continue reading Requiem for a Film Guy