Stephen Simon’s Favorite 2012 Foreign and Documentary Features

January 12, 2013

Each branch of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominates in that branch for the Oscars; that is, actors nominate actors, directors nominate directors, etc. Everyone also gets to nominate as many as ten films for “Best” Picture. Then, when the nominations are announced, we all get to vote in most categories for [...]

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Television Interview about The Oscar Nominations.

January 11, 2013

I did a fun television interview last night about the Oscar nominations on Channel 8, the local NBC affiliate here in Portland.

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Stephen Simon’s Ten Favorite Films of 2012

January 2, 2013

As a proud voting member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences since 1984, I prefer to use the word  ”favorite” rather than  ”best”. We can’t go into the Louvre and point out the “best” painting, can we? Was Cezanne a “better” painter than Van Gogh? Was Mozart the “best” composer ever? More [...]

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The Intouchables: Instant Classic

October 22, 2012

Even though we missed it in when it was in theaters, we finally caught up with The Intouchables and are so glad we did. Simply and directly, the film is one of the most delightful, poignant, brilliant, exhilarating, heartfelt films of this or any recent year. An instant classic indeed. The French film revolves around [...]

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Witnessing Child Abuse in a Movie Theater

September 25, 2012

On Friday, September 21, I decided to go see End of Watch because I had read great reviews and I don’t feel I can honestly discuss violent films if I never see any. It was a 2:00 PM show and very few people were in the theater. Right before the film started, I was stunned [...]

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Stephen Simon’s Mid-2012 Favorite Films

September 4, 2012

As we head into the fall season, when the huge majority of quality films are (finally!) released, what has 2012 brought us so far? As I detailed in Bringing Back The Old Hollywood, the pickings are almost always very slim for these first eight months because release schedules are dominated by The New Hollywood’s obsession [...]

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