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Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

The first Academy Awards were handed out back in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There were also far fewer categories. The first winner was Wings (1927), a film that is chiefly … Continue reading Highlights from 90 Years of Oscars

To Rome With Love

Woody Allen followed up his successful Midnight in Paris (2011) with another light-hearted excursion to a fabled, romantic city in Europe. Once again magical realism does its best to sell Rome as an irresistible place of history and culture where anything could happen. Among others, we meet an American retiree (Allen) who discovers an opera … Continue reading To Rome With Love

Son of the Pink Panther

CLUMSY HAS A COLOR ALL ITS OWN. Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) tries to find a kidnapped princess in the country of Lugash, but the inept, young policeman (Roberto Benigni) aiding him looks eerily familiar. When director Blake Edwards decided to make a ninth entry in the series, several actors returned in their old parts but … Continue reading Son of the Pink Panther

Coffee and Cigarettes

An anthology of the short films that director Jim Jarmusch began making in 1986. There are eleven of them and they all have in common conversations at a table where cigarettes are smoked and coffee cups emptied. Some of the vignettes are pointless, others funny and somewhat insightful. Two of the best show Hollywood in … Continue reading Coffee and Cigarettes