This year the top movies reflect the hopes, fears, and obsessions of their audiences, and so they offer us a chance to reflect on what these films can teach us. As our opening images suggest, one of the primary themes of our current films is one of our current dilemmas: Why do we feel so alone in a world in which it is possible to be connected 24/7?
In a perfect world Meryl Streep would win her fourth Academy Award for "August: Osage County." If the Oscars were awarded for pure performance, I don't see how she could not win.
The Golden Globes are probably the most light-hearted of the major motion picture or television kudos. So we've come to expect less poignancy from winners at this show than compared to the Academy Awards.
Want to know the latest celebrity beauty secret? Aging beauty is hot! Amongst this year's Golden Globe nominations 17 nominated actresses are in their 40s and above.
It's the time of year when critics release their lists of the year's best films. It feels like a competitive sport -- or a provocation, which all of these lists are, by nature. As in: "This is my list of the best films. If you don't agree, you're wrong."
In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.
Gravity reminds us of the uncertainty and danger inherent in living, but it also reminds us that crisis can be the catalyst of new understandings about ourselves and the world around us.
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity...
When Ryan cries and the weightless tears float out to us, she asks if anyone will mourn and pray for her. I believe her concerns represent the fears in all of us. It is a moment of complete aloneness.
I encourage you to watch this little video first if you aren't familiar with the Tuohy Family and Michael Oher story.
Film: Gravity (2013) Cast includes: Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Groege Clooney (The Descendants), Ed Harris (A History of Violence) Writer/Direct...
Who's ahead in the Best Actress race? Can anyone top Cate Blanchett? We're handicapping the odds.
We hope that millions enjoy Gravity and are inspired by its compelling imagery of humans at work in Earth orbit. It would have been great if it presented a more realistic way of how Americans are, in fact, going to be doing that.
In my mind, the film is about transcending gravity; the quest to live life a few feet off the ground. The Kaballah teaches that growth and impact emerge from living outside our comfort zone. The ground offers security but the most memorable moments in life and fulfillment arise when we strive to live a little higher and brighter.
It's truly refreshing that Sandra Bullock's character, Dr. Ryan Carter, is depicted in Gravity as an intelligent professional.
Like bookends - or perhaps a double-feature for adrenaline junkies - All Is Lost comes on the heels of Gravity with the distaff and earthbound version of a similar story.