Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant

Sunday, January 26, 2020 has proven to be an extraordinarily difficult and surreal day for hoops and sports fans in general. I’d like to pause my movie reviewing for a second to remember basketball player Kobe Bean Bryant, who passed away a day after Lebron James, currently of the Los Angeles Lakers, passed him forContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: Remembering Kobe Bryant”

In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking

It is a heavy beyond leadened heart that has moved me to create this post. One of the brightest lights in our universe has eked out its final flicker. The iconic physicist Stephen William Hawking died today at the age of 76. His family says that he passed away peacefully in his home in Cambridge,Continue reading “In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking”

Just a Quick Thought: Thank you, Craig

Craig Sager, the long-time sideline reporter for the Turner broadcasting network, passed away today, December 15, 2016 at the age of 65 after a long and courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He leaves behind a wife and five children, as well as a spot on the sidelines and a place in front of theContinue reading “Just a Quick Thought: Thank you, Craig”

OCMC: Robin Williams, what a concept. . .

I think in order to best encapsulate this week, and the range of emotions that have also been dealt with over the past couple, I will include this excellent montage of photos of Robin throughout his career that has been put together by a personal friend of Steve Oedekerk (the man responsible for one ofContinue reading “OCMC: Robin Williams, what a concept. . .”

OCMC: Alan Parrish in Jumanji

“AAAAHHHH!! AHHH!!! . . . . . . AH!” Noises. Robin Williams came equipped with many of them, and in this outrageously fun film from the mid-90s, he’s provided an opportunity to tap into that part of him that was more. . . . shall we say, animalistic? As a child who got trapped inside the dangerousContinue reading “OCMC: Alan Parrish in Jumanji”

OCMC: Seymour “Sy” Parrish in One Hour Photo

Here we have one of those roles where Robin Williams simultaneously truly impressed me and deeply concerned me. His ability to detach — as evidenced by this chilling character, a lonely one-hour-photo developer named Seymour “Sy” Parrish — seemed like a mere eject button he could push (“get me outta here”), an escape route so desperately neededContinue reading “OCMC: Seymour “Sy” Parrish in One Hour Photo”

OCMC: Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come

Despite What Dreams May Come possessing a healthy amount of material that tends to bring tears to the eye, here’s an ultimately uplifting and sweeping drama that appeals on a more universal level than Bobcat Goldthwait’s darkly comic rumination on the nature of the living memorializing those who have passed. For anyone concerned about “what happens after death,” this filmContinue reading “OCMC: Chris Nielsen in What Dreams May Come”

O Captain, My Captain: A Tribute to Robin Williams

Beginning next Monday, I will kick off my week-long tribute to Robin Williams, a man whom the title ‘genius’ or any other lofty descriptions most certainly apply but still somehow don’t seem to do justice. The news of his passing on Monday, August 11 hit me like a tidal wave. Not an entirely unpredictable reaction either,Continue reading “O Captain, My Captain: A Tribute to Robin Williams”

The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?

Despite my fascination with film, I consistently have never really cared for the awards ceremonies as I’ve always seen them as rather trifling procedures. The night of Sunday, March 2 barely amounts to more than a shallow beauty pageant. The proceedings inside L.A.’s famed Dolby Theater are in effect an incredibly expensive circus in whichContinue reading “The 86th Academy Awards Afterparty: Will there be pizza?”