Category: Editorials

Realizing a Dream: The Birth of “Joseph”

It’s rare if ever that I get to experience the art of film-making on a local level. I live in a small corner of New England where Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts meet but outside of my blogging hobby I also work as a journalist covering local stories for the masses. Recently I had the pleasure to put two of my passions together and sit down with a freshman filmmaker to talk to him about his new short film, “Joseph”. To say the least the interview was insightful and engaging. It was something unique to be able to speak with another lover of cinematic art about the process of creating even only a ten minute short film. For the first time on Cinema Spotlight I get the chance to shine the spotlight in this blog’s name on a local figure striving to make his art a reality, a short film that combines religious traditions with creativity and a personal touch called “Joseph”.

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2018 Oscars Recap

The 90th Academy Awards are in the books and I must say it was a pretty damn good show. Celebrating the greatest in film over the last year, it was a night of glitter and glam where statements were made and career milestones were celebrated. Let’s take a look back at the 2018 Oscar winners and highlights! If you’d like to skip my (admittedly rather extensive) write-up on the show you can skim right to the bottom where the list of winners will be waiting and you can view my predictions for the show here as well. Otherwise it’s time to look at some of the most memorable moments of the evening. Let me know in the comments what you thought of the show and how many Oscar winners you got right!

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2018 Oscar Predictions

It’s Oscar week!!! I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am for all the fun leading up to the big show and for the first time ever in my life I got to enjoy every Best Picture nominee before the big show arrives this Sunday. The big event draws a lot of attention, well unless you’re a hard-core conservative these days, and I’m here to make my picks for who will walk away with the gold statuette in just a few days. These are my predictions for the 2018 Academy Awards!

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Golden Globes 2017 Recap

The 75th Golden Globes are in the books and I have to say it had some surprises for sure. Before the show I issued my predictions for who I thought would win and should win awards in the major film categories. So, in the aftermath of the big night, I’m going to recap my predictions and how I felt about the winners in general. How many did I get right? How many did I get wrong? Did the right people win? You can read my initial predictions here.

Did any of the winners surprise you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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2017 Golden Globe Predictions

The 75th Golden Globes take center stage this Sunday night and in preparation for the big night I looked at the nominees and formed my opinions of who should and probably will win in the big film categories for 2018. As a precursor to the Oscars, the Golden Globes often sets the stage for who the award season front runners will be and this year the competition is as fierce as ever. So before the big night I examined each category and picked out the nominees I’d like to see win and the ones I think will eventually come out on top. Continue reading “2017 Golden Globe Predictions”

Review: “Logan”

As one of the most anticipated films of 2017, and the expected final “X-Men” films for both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, “Logan” had a lot to live up to as the conclusion to the story of the most popular X-Man, the Wolverine. Embracing the same R-rating that
“Deadpool” proved can work well in the comic book and superhero film genres last year, “Logan” not only lives up to the hefty expectations set upon it but also brings a fitting end to the Wolverine legacy in what is, to put it bluntly, one of the greatest superhero films of all time.

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Why Casey Affleck Deserves His Oscar (Despite His History)

Despite all the drama around the Oscars this year, from the political boycott from conservatives to the epic Steve Harvey-esque screw-up during the announcement of the winner for Best Picture, many have also taken issue with Casey Affleck’s win for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The embattled younger brother of Ben Affleck, Casey earned his statuette for his amazingly powerful performance in “Manchester By The Sea” where he played a broken man with a past who is faced with the death of his brother and becomes caretaker to his estranged nephew. However, Affleck himself really does have a past with accusations of sexual misconduct muddling his image and taking the spotlight as his Oscar hopes began to take shape.

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