What We Learned This Week: February 4-10

LESSON #1: 2016 WAS A BANNER YEAR FOR FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES— If you haven’t sought out the five Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature, do you yourself a favor and remedy that.  The multi-hour/multi-part “O.J.: Made in America” is going to win the Oscar and is available on Netflix.  The streaming powerhouse also offers Ava DuVernay’s…

What We Learned this Week: January 28-February 3

LESSON #1: THE LOCKS TO THE OSCAR DOORS FOR LEAD PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN BLOWN OFF— The Screen Actors Guild Awards this past on Sunday shook up the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar races in unexpected ways.  “Manchester by the Sea” star Casey Affleck has won virtually ever major and minor lead-up award (go look at the…

What We Learned this Week: January 21-27

LESSON #1: FAITHLESS HOLLYWOOD FORGIVES BAD PEOPLE— How’s this for irony?  The frighteningly devout and conservative Catholic who was ostracized from liberal Hollywood for anti-Semitic hate got himself and his gaudy, violent, and cheesy war film nominated over the most respected legend in the game who completed a passion project expressing, get this, frighteningly devout Christian…

What We Learned this Week: January 14-20

LESSON #1: BLACK GIRLS RULE— Want to get a slice of minority history to reach a general audience and make a few bucks?  Cast it, package it, write it, and market it smartly as a PG-rated family film capable of netting the widest audience possible.  “Hidden Figures” isn’t breaking any new ground with filmmaking, but it’s playing…