Oscars

Network (Cabernet)

For this episode, we screen a landmark movie:  Sidney Lumet’s Network.  This masterpiece satire examines the outsized influence of television on our daily lives.  It continues to be frighteningly relevant to this day.  Network won numerous awards, including Oscars for Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, and Beatrice Strait.  Paddy Chayefsky also won his third screenwriting Academy Award. To…

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Moneyball (Beaujolais)

It’s part four of our baseball series!  This week, we’re looking at one of the most cerebral sports movies ever made–Moneyball.  Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) and written by Steven Zallian and Aaron Sorkin, this film snagged multiple Oscar nominations and was a major box office hit.  It also features an all-star cast, including Brad…

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Rounders (1998)

Tonight’s episode of Cinemavino continues our series on the best films to be completely snubbed by the Oscars.  Rounders survived so-so reviews and box office to endure as an all-time cult classic.  At the very least, John Malkovich should’ve snagged a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.  His work here is scene stealing and tremendous. To pair…

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An Overserved Oscar Preview for 2022

Fair warning:  This episode goes heavy on the vino.  We indulged in a few too many glasses before we sat down for this Oscar preview, and things get a little goofy.  I’ll be honest, this one was a challenge to edit.  Still, we do breakdown the Oscar favorites, as best we can.  

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As Good as It Gets (1997)

With this episode, we kick off our Valentine’s Month of date movies.  As Good as It Gets is an odd hybrid of rom-com, character study, and conventional drama that examines a few themes that were (for 1997) ahead of their time.  Jack Nicholson’s character is anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic, bigoted, and…well, every other terrible word you…

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Being the Ricardos (2021)

For this week’s Cinemavino, we begin our look at eventual Oscar nominees.  Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos is an excellent look at a fateful week in the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. To pair with this great wine, I chose the Lenore Syrah from Washington. It’s lightly spicy, with notes of pepper and dried fruit….

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Another Round (2021)

For this week’s Cinemavino, it’s one of the more decorated movies we’ve covered in a good long while:  Another Round won the Academy Award for Best International Feature, and Thomas Vinterburg was nominated for Best Director.  After a steady stream of Halloween flicks, this art house flick was a nice palate cleanser. The crux of the…

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2020 Oscar Predictions

For this episode of Cinemavino, we talk about the Oscar noms.  Once again, the Academy got a buncha picks right, and whole buttload of ’em wrong, too.  Having seen all the Best Picture films already, I’ve got some strong opinions.  Damn it, Academy…I just can’t quit you.

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1917 (2019) *Chilean red*

1917 hits like a ton of bricks.  It’s a huge achievement and a hell of movie.  I’ll go ahead and predict it for a Best Picture win at the Oscars.  For this mini-episode of Cinemavino, we discuss 1917–spoiler-free–and breakdown the new trailers for Morbius and Black Widow. We also share some delicious red wine.  The Refugio Pinot Noir from Chile’s…

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2020 Movie Preview

We’ve scanned the movie schedule for 2020, and it truly looks like the best of times and the blurst of times.  Lots of sequels, prequels, remakes, rehashes, reboots, and screwups.  Still, look carefully and you’ll find some good with the bad and ugly. For this episode of Cinemavino, we discuss the upcoming movie schedule.  We’re really…

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