The process of becoming aware.

I probably heard the word consciousness on television some time in my elementary years. When I was young, before my Junior High school years (what we used to call the age that now goes to middle school), I would walk home from school and go to my grandparents house, where…

A director plays with sound and light to create a crime drama.

The 1929 Outstanding Picture year represents the second annual acknowledgement of superior work by actors, writers, directors, producers and technicians, which correspond to the five spokes of the reel upon which the knight, now called “Oscar,” stands. It…

A soulful and philosophical (for 1928) romantic reminder of wartime struggle (what All Quiet on the Western Front should have been).

Fox Studio’s Seventh Heaven does not begin in a very heavenly manner. Chico works in the Paris sewers and Diane lives with her drug addict sister, Nana, who beats her whenever she feels disappointed and wants to blame her sister. Perhaps that is the point of the film and its…

Would the second Academy Award pass #MeToo muster?

After having awarded a patriotic war drama the first Award for Best Motion Picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts decided on a much lighter theme for its second pick. The Broadway Melody opens up in a rehearsal environment, in which different entertainment acts are obviously practicing for auditions. The…

The Academy’s first Crime Story

Lewis Milestone’s 1928 film, The Racket, serves up a drama that by today’s standards does not seem terribly dramatic, nor does it so in comparison to its siblings in the Outstanding Picture category, Wings and 7th Heaven, the former taking home the big prize. …

The sound of silence is overridden and unconscious racism blares

In researching the oldest movies up for motion picture awards, 1927 stands out as the only year with silent movies except for one. The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, became the first motion picture to introduce singing and talking. One only has to watch Wings, 7th Heaven and The Racket

A Reconstruction era newspaper reader takes an unusual orphan under his wing

Tom Hanks in News of the World this past year was one of the first serious films I watched when talk of nominations began buzzing close to my ears. It was sometime in the heat of election season…

Hitchcock broods with actors of the golden age.

Fresh off of his monumental victory for Gone with the Wind as Best Picture in 1940, David O. Selznick scored yet another Best Picture based on the 1938 novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maunier. The film is only half as long as…

The best Best Picture film in the Academy’s history, and a parade of whitewashed southern white supremacy

Watching Gone with the Wind was like eating steak, all the while coming to the realization that I’d only been tasting baby food while viewing the previous films that earned awards during the…

Frank Captra’s second Best Picture awared and third Best Director award.

The 1930’s brought comedies that many film critics consider escapist pieces because of their timeliness during the Great Depression, including the 1938 Best Picture Winner. Its director, Frank Capra, specifically known for this type of cinema, brought home a…

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