The Oscar Race Is in Full Swing!

November 5, 2014 7:25 PM

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The Oscar Race Is in Full Swing!

The race for the Oscars is now in full swing. We, Academy members, are beginning to get a profusion of "screeners" so that we can view those films which we missed in theaters. (Got the epic Biblical drama, Noah, today in the mail, but will wait to see it on the big screen.) I'm kind of old-fashioned and still prefer to see major cinema contenders in a dark theatre on a big screen with an audience. But no one can see them all so my DVD machine will be working full-tilt in coming weeks. I am astonished at the high quality of what we have experienced thus far this year. As a Huffington Post blogger and critic of food, film and more, I am supposed to be completely objective... an impossibility, of course. Strong opinions are what makes a good critic. I have many favorites, some disappointments and have expressed a lot of those opinions here on Huffington Post.

Early in the year I wrote a favorable review for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which I really liked. (Remember I cautioned against having monkeys as pets, of which I had much experience.) I went on to favor Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel and Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. I must admit ...

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