Hello! Trailers reveal three movies I can’t wait to see

I’ve spent enough time lamenting the state of movie trailers in our day and age, those teasers they throw on in the theaters at the announced start time of the featured show in hopes of getting you to come back again and again and again. Too long. Too many. Too revealing. Well lookee here. Today…

Is any movie worth a fourth swing at it?

To me, “A Star is Born” means a drunked-up rocker played by Kris Kristofferson doing the right/wrong/right/wrong dance with a wild-eyed optimist of a young singer played by Barbra Streisand. To a generation that came ahead of me, Judy Garland was the young singer. In the original, it was … well, you can trace the…

Johnny Depp hurt Down Under

So while in Australia filming the fifth edition of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Johnny Depp hurt his hand. I discovered this disconcerting news while compiling my weekly Film News blog posted every Thursday morning on the Syracuse New Times site. You can read where that revelation led me by clicking the link below.…

No matter the adjectives, it won’t be the Oscars

The MTV Movie Awards are on the horizon. Coming up April 12, in fact, and the cable network that used to play music videos is determined to be different. And of course that’s good. We don’t need another replay of the Golden Globes or the People’s Choice of the Oscars. In today’s installment of my…

Bring back Ellen! Bring back Ellen!

Billy Crystal was a pretty darn good host of The Oscars back in his day. Ellen Degeneres was a really good host of The Oscars just one year ago. Sunday night Neil Patrick Harris was a train wreck. I wrote about it as part of my weekly Film News blog for the Syracuse New Times…

Word says ‘Star Wars 7’ will kill off a character

The latest round of speculation surrounding the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” frachise says a beloved character from the initial triology will not be left standing a the end of “Star Wars Episode Seven: The Force Awakens.” In my weekly Fim News blog today on the Syracuse New Times site, I quote writer Joseph…