Filming location for spaghetti westerns in Almería, Spain

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Scott R. Larson

Building façade in Cannes, France

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The Latest Commentary: As it does not say in the Book of Matthew, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a roster of Oscar® nominees to meet everyone’s moral approval

Can’t wait for my Oscar® forecast? Me too! Time is definitely up for my clueless, pointless, meaningless, annual predictions of the 2018 Academy Award winners (for movies released in 2017)

My personal ranking of films released in the year 2017 (that I have seen and reviewed so far)

For information on Lautaro’s Spear and my other two novels, please visit my book blog

The Ten Latest Feature Film Reviews…

When Star Trek-obsessed Wendy becomes emotionally upset, her caregiver Scottie calms her down by saying Please Stand By repeatedly

Get Out! yells a strangely familiar young man to Chris Washington at a creepily uncomfortable gathering at his girlfriend’s parents’ picturesque but isolated home

Elisa Esposito forms a bond with a mysterious creature and, like The Shape of Water and as described in a 13th century Persian poem, they find themselves humbled in being surrounded by each other’s presence

Octogenarian Maria Altmann and young lawyer Randy Schoenberg spend years trying to assert her ownership of the Gustav Klimt painting The Woman in Gold, which was seized from her family by the Nazis in Vienna

Call Me by Your Name and I’ll call you by mine, says Oliver to 17-year-old Elio, as the two lie in bed together during a memorable summer in Italy

With war breaking out in Europe and the nation facing its Darkest Hour, Britain turns to a new prime minister, Winston Churchill

In 1973 the Italian kidnappers of John Paul Getty III expect to collect a multi-million-dollar ransom since, from their point of view, his grandfather has All the Money in the World

Consumed with sorrow and guilt, Mildred Hayes pays for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, to carry a message calculated to spur action in her daughter Angela’s murder case

Sacramento teen Christine McPherson and her mother are constantly at odds over many issues, including Christine’s insistence on being called Lady Bird

As B-movie legend Roger Corman continued spewing out schlocky exploitation flicks in the 1990s, a viewer of any of his movies would likely have had no idea that It Came from Connemara, specifically from a studio in Tully, County Galway

The Three Latest Short Film Reviews…

‘Will I ever be happy again?’ muses the author of an Alcoholic’s Almanac, who has set it to a rocking beat

Desperate to hold on to her marriage, Lauren struggles to cope with the idea of her husband Ron not being Faithful to her

Now that his son is eighteen, Derek Price decides it is time Damon knew more about his job, which involves finding Solutions for politicians willing to pay

Commentary Flashback…

9 June 2005: You were a miracle worker as a teacher, an aging star ballerina, a cigarette-puffing mother superior and several people’s mothers—but to us you will always be the original desperate housewife, who seduced her daughter’s boyfriend

Selected Past Reviews…

Flashback to 1987: Mike Newell’s Amazing Grace and Chuck

Flashback to 1996: Shirley Barrett’s Love Serenade

Other Stuff…

My Inbox: Cannes, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – 2018 Quiz…

Alphabetical Index of My Personal Eulogies

My List of Personal Eyewitness Accounts of Public Interviews of Various Movie People

Web Site Statistics for January

Total Number of Feature Films, Documentaries and Shorts Reviewed to Date: 2,498