In 1999 Sam Mendes earned an astounding 8 Oscar nominations for his debut film, American Beauty. Since then he's gone from the art house to the flop house to the world of big budget Bond films. But did his artistic output jump the shark along the way?Read More
It's Valentines Day and there's no greater declaration of love in 2018 than sitting down and watching a Woody Allen romantic comedy with your significant other. Or maybe not. Anyway, Rom C'mon is making its triumphant return by picking up where the last episode left off: Annie Hall. This time, Jake is on the sidelines while resident OV power couple Shawn and Sophie take a close look at the film and how Allen portrays women.
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As anyone who pays even the slightest attention to movies may know, winning an Academy Award is not necessarily any indicator of a film’s quality. At best, the Oscars are an annual barometer for the taste and political ideals of the culture – or, of Hollywood at least – that provide a box office boost to some films that might have gone otherwise unseen, and career boosts to the talented filmmakers who crafted them. The gulf between what wins any given award and what should have won is often enormous, and don’t even get me started on the deserving films that weren’t even nominated. So for fun, here are my picks for who should be crowned victor in each category Sunday night.Read More
In a bold, ambitious move, the OV crew has committed to the biggest Oscar-centric podcast in the history of the internet. Tune in for part one to hear us talk Manchester, meat shields, Fences and fancy Gosling dancin'. IT'S ALL HERE AND IT'S ALL HAPPENIN', BABY!Read More
The Optimism Vaccine Oscar Omnibus Returns! This time it's leaner, meaner, Irish-er and full of boxed wine. God bless America. We answer all the tough questions like "What's a better sedative, Spotlight or Bridge of Spies?" and "Tangerine wasn't nominated for anything? Seriously?"Read More
Although quite different in tone, both American Sniper and Whiplash are films about a guy with one, highly specialized talent: Chris, the titular sniper, is known as the best sniper in military history, while Whiplash’s Andrew is a jazz drummer in the best jazz school in the country. And both films surround separate drives to be the best. (Thankfully, neither of these movies do the dreaded thing where affability and sympathy is cultivated merely by having an uncommonly strong skillset.) Andrew doesn’t just want to be the best in his class, but one of the best drummers in Jazz history – a fairly typical aspiration for a talented pupil. Chris, however, seems to have been afforded his talent naturally; the film portrays him as someone born with a gift. Where Andrew wants to achieve self-worth by being the best, Chris is burdened by his ability, believing he must keep going back to Iraq because no one else can protect U.S. soldiers with such proficiency.Read More