Birdman: the Torture of Creative Integrity

By Paul Miller on August 26, 2015

Review of Birdman, Directed by Alejandro Inarritu Oscars are useful as cultural barometers. They say much about what we think is excellent–and, thus, about ourselves. While the Academy was crowning Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman Best Picture of 2014, I was watching…

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A Schaeffer’s Ghost Oscar Review Roundup

By Schaeffer's Ghost on February 21, 2015

Reviews of select Oscar nominees in several categories.

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Oscar Roundup

By Paul Miller on February 28, 2014

A preview of Oscar night and a round-up of our reviews.

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Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks: On Loving Imperfect Fathers

By Paul Miller on December 13, 2013

What a beloved classic film and the Disneyfied history of its making can teach us about honoring imperfect fathers.

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Searching for Sugar Man: Vindication is Sweet

By Kendrick Kuo on July 8, 2013

Vindication for the obscure.

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Christ on Kane: On the Meaning of Rosebud

By Paul Miller on June 28, 2013

Is Citizen Kane the greatest movie ever made?

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The Schaeffer’s Ghost Oscar Roundup

By Paul Miller on February 22, 2013

BY PAUL D. MILLER The Oscars are on Sunday.  Here is a wrap-up of coverage from Schaeffer’s Ghost on some of the nominees. For Best Picture, we reviewed seven of the nine nominees–all except Argo (the current favorite to win)…

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Which Short Films Will Get Oscar’s Nod?

By Christian Hamaker on February 21, 2013

By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER It’s a well-established truth that Oscar-nominated films in the Best Picture category are about Important Topics, and thus demand long running times. Sometimes those running times are justified, but it’s not unusual for a Best Picture nominee…

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