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California Literary Review » Oscars California Literary Review

The Walking Dead Recap: “Home” and “I Ain’t a Judas” (Season 3, Episodes 10 and 11)

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Rhodes

February 25th, 2013

If there’s one thing The Walking Dead does well, it’s to remind us that in the zombie apocalypse, the real danger isn’t zombies. It’s us. Loyalties shift from day to day, power takes precedence over mercy, and everyone has guns.

Guessing the Winners: Oscars 2013

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Davinger

February 22nd, 2013

Julia Rhodes, Brett Harrison Davinger, and Dan Fields predict the winners of 2013’s Oscars from this year’s lackluster collection of nominations.

The Fourth Wall’s 2012 Oscar Wager!

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February 24th, 2012

Here we are again! It’s the time of year when the film world goes a little bonkers. It’s time to watch A-listers congratulate themselves on, well, themselves, and watch B-listers and unknowns crawl out of the woodwork to give the shimmering egos of Hollywood a run for their money. It’s time for the 84th Annual […]

Oscars 2012: Slighted Soundtracks And Fantasy Scores

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January 30th, 2012

Acting, directing, and writing awards are the most popular targets for discussion, but there were more very creative folks left off the roll this year. Two aggressively original outsiders are out in the rain, peeping in at the Best Original Score category without so much as an acknowledgment.

The Weekly Listicle: Shameless Oscar Bait

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Fields

January 20th, 2012

If Oscar bait works on you, then you’ll treasure the film all your life and hate anyone who speaks a word against it. If not, you will enjoy bitter self-satisfaction every chance you have to snipe at it.

A Watchful Eye On… Winston Churchill

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Fields

March 2nd, 2011

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, known best as the wartime Prime Minister, held in his distinguished career a number of other high positions, including Home Secretary and First Lord of the Admiralty. Renowned as an orator and statesman, he enjoys a permanent place in Western history. The adventure and controversy pervading his professional life seem ripe for an enterprising screenwriter to pick.

Oscars 2011: And the winner is…Julia Rhodes!

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Rhodes

March 1st, 2011

Ms. Kunis brought it–and we spent the whole night wondering if we’d see more of her than she intended. This blogger (Julia Rhodes!), who may still be recovering from a celebratory Sunday evening, won the CLR Oscar Wager for the second year in a row even with mighty stiff competition. One Mr. Dan Fields and […]

Oscars 2011: A Beaten Critic Speaks

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Fields

March 1st, 2011

Congratulations to Julia Rhodes for her excellent Oscar picks, which leveled my own, 15 to 9. Perhaps I was unable to keep my mind on what would win awards, instead of what should. Occasionally they were the same, but not consistently enough to save me. I made a few too many votes from the heart, and in the grim light of day I admire and aspire to Julia’s apparently heartless intellect. Can she also pick horses or roulette numbers, one has to wonder? Either way she has a prosperous career ahead.

Oscar Wager 2011

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Rhodes

February 25th, 2011

We at the Fourth Wall have been throwing Oscar Buzz at you throughout the fall and winter, and now the time has come to lay down our chips. Dan Fields and I are prepared to fight to the death (or at least to the point of wicked online jabs at each other’s competence). Gather round, friends and fellow film freaks, to join us in this high-stakes game of Academy politics, personal preferences, and semi-educated guesses.

Oscar Leadup – Ladies in Film: Female Agency and Pleasure in 2010 Movies

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Rhodes

February 23rd, 2011

Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech: behind every great man, there stands (or sits, ever so primly) a great woman. 2010 was not what you’d call a banner year for women in the real world. Gossip rags and TV offer ever more ways for everyone to look bad, but women in particular get a […]

The Weekly Listicle: Oscar Buzz 2011 Rages On!!

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Bibbiani

January 6th, 2011

We here at The Fourth Wall are taking another look out our favorite film work from 2010 in the hopes that we can help get some deserving folks nominated. Some of our picks are long shots (my Best Original Screenplay nomination hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell), while others may in fact be locks. But the point isn’t to highlight the obscure… it’s to highlight the truly deserving.

The Weekly Listicle: Oscar Buzz 2011 Unleashed!!!

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Bibbiani

September 2nd, 2010

Well, here we are… 3/4’s of the way through the year and the Academy Award nominees are almost completely up in the air. Sure, the major nominees are usually held off until the last few months, but with ten Best Picture nominations up for grabs you’d think there would have been a greater effort to find cream in the crop. Inception seems like a lock for Best Picture, as does Toy Story 3 and maybe a few acting nominations for Winter’s Bone, but seriously… it’s looking grim.

William’s Weekly DVD Heist: 4-20-10

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Bibbiani

April 20th, 2010

I’m not sure how much more I can say about how absolutely, 100% motherf***ing bad James Cameron’s Avatar really is…

When Film Critics Lose a Bet, Part 2: Tommy Wiseau’s The Room!

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Bibbiani

April 16th, 2010

My clearest thought while watching The Room was that the film plays like a screenplay Neil LaBute would have written when we was 10 years old, full of righteous anger at the sadism and victimization that the author has experienced, but none of the wit, character, or even punctuation that competent writers develop over time.

William’s Weekly DVD Heist: 3-30-10

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Bibbiani

March 30th, 2010

Hot on the heels – or shall we say paws – of Alvin & The Chipmunks comes the greatest squeakquel ever made, which at last introduces the Chipettes into the modern mythology, much as The Dark Knight reintroduced an iconic new Joker into the pop culture lexicon.

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