The Hawaii Film Critics Society 2016 List

It appears the Hawaii Film Critics Society has gone gah-gah for “La La.” Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” a romantic update of classical Hollywood musicals, earned six awards from the HFCS, including Best Film and Chazelle for Best Director. “Hell or High Water,” David Mackenzie’s neo-western, won three awards, including Best Overlooked Film, Best Supporting…


Hawaii Film Critics Society 2016 Nominees List

The Hawaii Film Critics Society has once again cast their votes and nominated a broad range of films for their year’s end list. Damien Chazelle’s beloved, Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone-starring musical “La La Land” led the charge with thirteen nominations, more than any other film (in fact, last year’s most nominated title, “Carol,” only received ten)….


Best of 2016

10. “The Queen of Katwe” – A girl rises from a Uganda slum to become a chess master in this colorful true tale of challenge over  impossible odds, propelled by actress Lupita N’yongo and director Mira Nair. 9. “Sully” – The “miracle on the Hudson” is only the beginning of the trials for steely pilot…


The Year in Film: 2016

I look forward to summer movies every year the way I used to be madly giddy with excitement for Christmas Eve as a young boy. It holds true that, when it comes to movies, the early months of the year are “spring cleaning” for studios, the summer months are the fun rides at the cineplex…


The Year in Film: 2015

My year began with attending the opening night of “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” and ended with “The Hateful Eight.” The former was instantly forgettable and sported a redundant title (we get it, she’s bad), while the latter put a bad taste in my mouth, though I’ll never forget it. In between,…

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Best of 2015

Rick’s Top Ten Best of 2015 List 1. The Big Short 2. The Martian 3. The Revenant 4. Youth 5. Inside Out 6. Spotlight 7. Room 8. Sicario 9. Carol 10. (Can’t decide between) McFarland USA, Mr. Holmes, Joy, Steve Jobs, Trainwreck, A Walk in the Woods … )

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Mad Max Rockatansky ruled the roads and also the imagination of the Hawaii Film Critics Society, who published their first ever best films of the year list. George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” led the charge, as the 2015 blockbuster earned seven awards including Best Picture, Director (for George Miller’s extraordinary helming) and Best Actress…

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Hawaii Film Critics Society’s First Ever Nominees List

The Hawaii Film Critics Society cast its votes and nominated an eclectic group of films for their first ever year’s end list. Art house hits like “Room”,” “The Hateful Eight” and “Mr. Holmes”  were honored, as well as mainstream blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation.” “Carol” led the charge,…


Best of 2014

These lists are always subjective and arbitrary, and frequently lacking in any rhyme or reason whatsoever. Under no circumstances should they be taken very seriously – even if you hedge your bet by calling them your favorites rather than The Best. Maybe a film features a great acting performance, or great script, or cinematography ….


Oscars 2015

Oscar noms 2015: Surprises and snubs The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced early this morning and as usual, the Academy generated lots of buzz with its picks. My initial reaction to the nominations was one of disappointment. Not one acting nomination went to a person of color. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so…

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