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Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Joker,” the first R-rated theatrical motion picture to garner more than $1-billion-plus at the box office, leads the Oscar race with 11 nominations, with “The Irishman,” a partly-Pennsylvania-set mob opus; “Once Upon A Time In ... Hollywood,” an LA story rewritten large, and “1917,” the World War I “one-shot” wonder, receiving 10 nominations each.

“Parasite,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Marriage Story” and “Little Women” each received six nominations.

Movie Review: ‘1917’ a year to remember

Sunday, January 26, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“1917” is one of the most astonishing accomplishments in cinema history.

Director Sam Mendes, working with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, is said to have filmed “1917” in one take.

However, based on the names listed in the “1917” end credits, dozens if not hundreds of artists and technicians were employed to accomplish the film’s computer generated imagery.

It would be more accurate to describe “1917” as having been filmed in continuous takes for numerous scenes.

Picking Oscar nominees a successful challenge

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I don’t run cross country (as I did as a teen on the team at Southern Lehigh High School; badly, but I finished the races).

I don’t skateboard (as I did with my buddies down Main Street, Coopersburg, in a Halloween Parade back in the 1960s).

I don’t compete in demolition derbies (as I did twice at the Allentown Fair, first for an article for the Bethlehem Globe-Times and then for The Morning Call; in the second derby, I won Judge’s Choice).

What do you do at age 69 on the cusp of 70 (May 17) to challenge oneself?

Movie Review: ‘Women’ on the March

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s called “Little Women,” not “Little Girls.”

The latest theatrical movie version of “Little Women” is directed by Greta Gerwig, who wrote the screenplay based on the novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).

Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, the novel is about the journey from childhood to womanhood of the March sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth. The novel, which Alcott based on herself and her three sisters, was a commercial success and critically-acclaimed.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Oscars arrive early in 2020.

The 2020 Oscar nominees are scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. (EST) Jan. 13. By then, the 2020 Golden Globes, to be presented Jan. 5, are history.

The Globes are often a predictor of Oscar nominees and recipients, as are key other awards programs, notably the Screen Actors Guild nominees and recipients.

Article By: Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com

Friday, January 10, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Oscars arrive early in 2020.

The 2020 Oscar nominees are scheduled to be announced at 8 p.m. (EST) Jan. 13. By then, the 2020 Golden Globes, to be presented Jan. 5, are history.

The Globes are often a predictor of Oscar nominees and recipients, as are key other awards programs, notably the Screen Actors Guild nominees and recipients.

Movie Review: One of a kindness

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” is an odd little film.

On the one hand, it’s been perceived as a biopic of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, native Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” (1968 - 2001), produced by WQED, Pittsburgh, and telecast on Public Broadcasting Television stations.

On the other hand, the film is not a Fred Rogers biopic.

Movie Review: ‘Jumanji’: Fun run

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Some movies are lifted by low expectations.

Having seen a movie where you’re not expecting much, you sometimes end up with higher results.

That’s what happened for me with “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Once one gets past the illogical legerdemain of the movie’s premise, which I won’t geek out on here, “Jumanji” provides an entertaining, frequently humorous and often wild ride.

Movie Review: Eastwood’s real ‘Jewell’

Friday, January 3, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Richard Jewell’ is another brilliant film from director Clint Eastwood.

The film is based on the true story about security guard Richard Jewell, who became a “person of interest,” but was never charged in the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga. The explosion is said to have killed two persons (one from a heart attack) and injured 111.

Jewell discovered the bomb before it detonated and with other officials cleared most of the spectators out of the park, saving the lives of thousands.