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Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2014)

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action (2014)
We are now days away from the Oscars, so here’s one more look at the rarer seen of the nominees: the short films, made possible of the Oscar Nominated Short showcases presented by the Academy. Like the Animated Shorts, the Live Action shorts are presented with seque material, this time featuring directors (most notably, 12 Years a Slave nominee Steve McQueen, who has made short films for most... 

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)
The Oscars are nearly here. While most movie-buffs are scrambling to get those last minute viewings of some of the big Oscar contenders in, the Academy has made it a bit easier to see some of the smaller pictures that will be getting attention this weekend: the short films. Strung together in a showcase that features seques with an animated ostrich and giraffe (standing in for Buzz Lightyear and Woody... 

Weekly Blend #328 – Oscar Wrap Up 2013

Weekly Blend #328 - Oscar Wrap Up 2013
The Oscars are over and now it’s time to deconstruct Hollywood’s biggest night. We analyze quite a few aspects of the show, from the awards themselves to host Seth MacFarlane to the strengths and weaknesses of the “theme” of the evening. We discuss some of the surprise awards of the night (although there weren’t many of those) and some of the fallout to come from the festivities,... 

Rafe’s 2013 Oscar Night Predictions

Rafe's 2013 Oscar Night Predictions
I probably should have put up my actual Oscar predictions a week ago, but let’s be honest: nobody is using what I say to place any bets in office betting pools. There are certainly a lot better qualified people to use as a basis for gambling, say Nate Silver, for example (whose predictions I still haven’t looked at beyond bookmarking the page). Hell, I still haven’t even seen all... 

Weekly Blend #327 – Pre-Oscar Round-Up 2013

Weekly Blend #327 - Pre-Oscar Round-Up 2013
It’s that time of year again: where we gather together and offer our opinions, “if we ran the Oscars.” Hear who Rafe, Tim, and Thomas would give gold statues to if they ran the show. Some of the picks are predictable, others are outrageous, but they’re all in opinionated fun. But first, a review of A Good Day to Die Hard, Rafe rants about aging action heroes, Thomas belittles Dark... 

Weekly Blend #324 – Welcome to 2013

Weekly Blend #324 - Welcome to 2013
The holiday break was nice, but so is returning to discuss a wealth of movies and movie news. This week we offer up reviews of Zero Dark Thirty and Gangster Squad and revisit a few other titles (Django Unchained and Les Miserables, for example) as we review the big news of the year: the Oscar nominees! We also discuss a new element to the show: getting you involved through SpeakPipe. You can use... 

2013 Oscar Nominations Led By Lincoln and Life of Pi

2013 Oscar Nominations Led By Lincoln and Life of Pi
It’s that time of year again: time to see which movies the Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected as nominees for this year’s Oscar awards. I like to think of it as the time of year to see how many movies of substance you actually saw last year. Of course, there are those who critique the Academy for being a bit snobbish and this year should be no different, with high honors being paid to Spielberg’s... 

Weekly Blend #319 – Nazi Zombies and Family Dynamics

Weekly Blend #319 - Nazi Zombies and Family Dynamics
This is this week’s new episode, but make sure you didn’t miss last week’s episode, which unfortunately also posted today. This week, we start off with a debate between Rafe and Tim regarding the announcement of Seth Macfarlane as the host of the Oscars. Then, we take a look at Argo and Sinister courtesy of Thomas and Doc Rotten. Finally, we continue our Halloween horror-fest with... 

Weekly Blend #298 – Technical Issues Abound

Weekly Blend #298 - Technical Issues Abound
Technical issues rear their ugly head this week, from the lack of a babysitter when it came time to record the show to problems with Thomas’s Skype feed this week. We soldier on and talk about the killer box office take for The Lorax, offer up a review of Project X, talk about the deaths of Davy Jones and Ralph McQuarrie, and analyze what did and didn’t work for this year’s Oscar... 

Winners for the 2012 Oscars [Awards Results]

Winners for the 2012 Oscars [Awards Results]
The 84th Annual Academy Awards took place on February 26th, 2012. Writers of this site and some of our devoted readers and listeners gathered together in the Widescreen Warrior chatroom to talk about the show as we watched it – a movement that illustrated the very theme of the show. Movies bring us together. They highlight the best things of life. They make us laugh and cry, and it’s an... 
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