Melanie Dishman's archive

Into the woods
Big eyes

The awards season is officially underway, and anticipation will begin in earnest after the winners are announced at the Golden Globe ceremony this Sunday. This event sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press has never been a huge indicator of whom Oscar will favor, but because it splits the film categories into “Drama” and “Comedy or Musical” there are twice as many winners, and that offers much more exposure for top competitors.

‘Into the Woods’

shadow

This was the year of a lot of worsts, some pretty goods and a spare few bests in the bunch. In fact, the entire summer of 2014 may go down as one of the overall worst years for movies in quite some time. A slew of superheroes dominated screens and numbed audiences. One of the later entries, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” literally saved the day — and the season.

shadow
“The Theory of Everything” and “Wild”

“The Theory of Everything”; Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones; Directed by: James Marsh; Rated: PG-13

shadow

‘Top Five’

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Chris Rock

Rated: R

 

From a comedian who has tried writing and directing a couple of times before (“Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife”), this is Chris Rock’s best effort yet. The keen observations of pop culture that fuel his comedy are used here to craft a wickedly funny movie that has a surprising undercurrent of pathos to it.

shadow
Into the Woods

I’m often asked what is my favorite Christmas movie. Without a doubt, it’s “White Christmas” (1954) with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The sentimental story and Irving Berlin’s classic songs are something I never seem to grow tired of, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

shadow