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What To Expect out of This Year's Oscars

What To Expect out of This Year’s Oscars

The 84th Academy Award nominations were announced last week, and most of those receiving Oscar nods followed projections, with a few surprises (and snubs) thrown in just to keep things interesting. But making predictions on this year’s winners is a bit trickier than in the past; with roughly a month to go until Oscar night, there are some genuine horse races in progress, unlike recent years, when most of the recipients were pretty much foregone conclusions. So, with that said, here’s what I expect out of the major categories in this year’s competition as of now. Best Picture Nominees: “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life,” “War Horse”The Field: This category pretty much shaped up as expected, although the inclusion of “The Tree of Life” was a bit of a surprise (it came out early in the year, didn’t screen widely, was seen as a little too esoteric for mainstream audiences and failed to receive the glowing accolades domestically that it garnered overseas at the Cannes Film Festival, where it earned the prestigious Palme d’Or, the Festival’s top honor.) The same could be said of the nomination ...
Coming to Terms with 9/11 on Screen

Coming to Terms with 9/11 on Screen

Portraying the events of 9/11 on screen is a daunting task — and, regrettably, one that’s easy to get wrong. Read more about my views on this in ‘Extremely Loud…’ proves incredibly unsatisfying, my VividLife review of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” available by clicking here. And to find out more about the movie, visit the film’s official web site ...
Going Deep

Going Deep

“Going deep” is more than a sports term; it’s a metaphysical concept as well. To find out more, read The Benefits of Going Deep, my latest post FengSHe post, available by clicking here ...
Conscious Creation in Action

Conscious Creation in Action

What do you get when you cross conscious creation with recent British history? Find out by reading ‘The Iron Lady’ reveals how ‘what we think, we become’, my latest post at www.VividLife.me. And to find out more about the movie, click here ...
What Governs Expectations

What Governs Expectations

What should we expect out of life? It depends on us. Read more about it in ‘A Better Life’ shows how expectations govern outcomes, my latest VividLife post, now available by clicking here ...
'I Am' Asks What's Right and Wrong with the World

‘I Am’ Asks What’s Right and Wrong with the World

“I Am” (2011). Cast: Tom Shadyac, Ray Anderson, Marc Ian Barasch, Coleman Barks, Noam Chomsky, John Francis, Elizabet Sahtouris, Dacher Keltner, Rollin McCraty, Chris Jordan, Lynne McTaggart, Daniel Quinn, Dean Radin, Thom Hartmann, Marilyn Schlitz, Richard Shadyac, David Suzuki, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn. Director: Tom Shadyac. Writer: Tom Shadyac. http://iamthedoc.com/ Examining what’s right and wrong with the world is a tall order in almost any context, but doing so within the body of a documentary (without an unreasonably long running time) is, arguably, a seemingly insurmountable challenge. However, director Tom Shadyac has done an excellent job in tackling this task, effectively and succinctly encapsulating his take on these grand notions in his new documentary, “I Am.” “I Am” is both a philosophical and a personal journey. Shadyac, who directed huge hit comedies like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994), “Patch Adams” (1998) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003), had attained a high level of what society defines as success. But, in spite of these accomplishments, he felt a certain unrelenting emptiness. Those feelings were exacerbated not long thereafter when he suffered severe injuries in a biking accident that left him with lingering psychological issues, launching him into a profound, seemingly incessant depression. It ...
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