Best of film 2017: The times they are a changin’

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

With more platforms for viewing and new studio models in play, the times they are a changin’ for film fans. Just under the wire, here’s my 2017 best of film list.

Oscars 2017: Applause for inclusion + one big shocker

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Oscars 2017 was humming along until the final award for Best Picture made unprecedented history. What a finale!

Predictions 2017: The Oscar will go to…

Monday, February 20th, 2017

2016 was a fine year for film. As the Academy Awards approach, here are my picks for who’s taking home the golden guy – who will win (vs. who should win and who’s missing). We’re off!

Inauguration 2017: Eyes and ears on

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Inauguration 2017: To quote Lin-Manuel Miranda’s now famous lyrics from Hamilton, “History Has Its Eyes on You.” For some of us, those words could not be more true.

Best of film 2016: Originality + indies rise again

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Best films of 2016: This year proved to be another good year for film. Originality flourished, indies rebounded with great filmmaking, and documentary storytelling continued to be strong.

2016 #OscarsSoLong: Post mortem

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The 88th Academy Awards are history for more than one reason. There were highs and lows, upsets and surprises. The point about the need for more opportunity among women and people of color was made. Now where will the film industry go from here?

The Oscar goes to… My 2016 predictions

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Predicting the Oscars is often more fun than watching the telecast. With ballot cast, check out my musings on the nominations, and my picks on who’s taking home the golden statuette.

Best of film 2015: My top 10, plus a few more

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

With 2016 rapidly upon us, it’s time for a look back at the films of 2015. All in all, a good year. With many more films yet to see, it’s time to commit: My list of the flicks that inspired, moved and challenged me in 2015.

Best of theater 2015: My top 10, plus a few more

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

It was a year of riches for this theater fan. Wowed, challenged, perplexed and rewarded more often than I could have imagined. Isn’t that what theater should do? My 10 best of 2015, plus a few more worth noting.

To change the cod’s head for the salmon’s tail

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

When the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced its Play On! 36 Playwrights Translate Shakespeare project, many wondered why? Valid and worthy, or a dumb-down? You decide.