I roused myself at the crack of 8AM this morning, and waded through the annoying byplay of hosts Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) to hear the announcement of the 94th OSCAR nominations and was happy to see so many of this year's best films and performances recognized by the Academy. [...]
THE BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (BSFC) of which I have been a proud member since 1981, has once again voted its year- end awards, and it only took us 7 hours, on zoom, with 27 members participating. Since we began gathering in the livingroom of the late great David Brudnoy all those years ago, [...]
I couldn't wait to see Focus Features "LET HIM GO," based on the Larry Watson novel about grandparents who set out to rescue their grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family. I was not disappointed, but here's a warning--the film packs a heart-crushing wallop. Set in the late 50's, "Let Him Go" is a [...]
SO many excellent films came out at the 11th hour-- meaning not until FALL 2018 (ridiculously late I might add), that it has taken me until now to see all the good stuff. Here is a list of my TOP TEN favorite films of 2018. Many of these films allowed us to see ourselves in [...]
2016 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FROM BUR’s THE ARTERY! GalleryAction & Adventure, Animation, Books, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Theater, Thriller, Visual ART, War, Western
If you're still looking for that perfect gift for someone you love who loves the arts, I am passing along this 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, itself a gift from WBUR's The ARTery writers-- and I am proud to be one! This annual gift guide has several stockings full of suggestions in every discipline [...]
DJANGO UNCHAINED is due out on DVD on 4/16. If you're trying to decide whether or not to rent, stream, or buy-- check out my new :30 Second Review feature with video to get the bottom line fast!
There are a slew of movies that are now playing at a theater near you-- both on and off the beaten path. Let's start with the beaten path: --TRUE GRIT is the Coen Brothers tepid take on the John Wayne classic about the gunslinger and the girl who hires him. All of the Coen brothers [...]