HAPLESS GEEK’S OSCARS CENTRAL 2015

The 87th Academy Awards is just under a month away, and hapless geek is back once again supplying the ammo to predict who leaves Tinseltown with that coveted golden statuette. Last year we predicted the top awards of the show in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Lead and Supporting Actor, Lead and Supporting Actress,

2014 OSCAR WRAP-UP

Oscar Sunday 2014 has come and gone, and the best and brightest of Hollywood were honored at the 86th Academy Awards. We at hapless geek enjoyed the night’s festivities, just as much as we enjoyed bringing our predictions of the top award recipients of the evening to you. Let’s recap

CRITIQUED: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Jordan Belfort was notorious for living in excess. Stock market fraud and swindling unsuspecting fathers and small-time businessmen were just another day at the office for the New York stockbroker in the 1990s. Belfort thumbed his nose at authority and convention to live the lavish life others could only dream

CRITIQUED: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

There’s a certain kind of discomfort that accompanies Steve McQueen’s films. Exploring the human rights of jailed ideologists in Hunger was his debut endeavor into cinema that earned him international acclaim. The specter of sexual depravity and family dynamic is scrutinized in great detail with his second feature film Shame, a film that many

CRITIQUED: NEBRASKA

Sometimes the perception of one’s life isn’t seen from the same angles others see them. You set your life up for maximum fulfillment, for financial stability, for the family. Whatever the reason, the goal in one’s life is to be happy and have purpose. In Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, that perception isn’t

CRITIQUED: PHILOMENA

When I was a kid, many Saturday nights my sister and I sat with our mom to watch PBS and their block of British comedies: Keeping Up Appearances, Chef, Fawlty Towers and As Time Goes By. And as much as “the Bucket woman” tickled our fancies, it was the last show of the night that

CRITIQUED: GRAVITY

The first thing that should be said about this film is that it took over four years to make. Four. Principal photography only took about 3 months. The pre-visualization, post-production and all the rest of the preparation for the movie to reach your Cineplex took another 48 months to create. There’s

CRITIQUED: HER

There are few actors today that can make you feel like no one truly knows them by the roles they inhabit. There isn’t a particular mannerism or quirk that makes them iconic or unique, they just do the work they’re hired to do and deliver top-rate performances. They seem transformed

CRITIQUED: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

Some stories just need to be told. The AIDS phenomenon has gotten needed exposure over the last three-plus decades in popular culture, in film, song and stage—the 1985 film Buddies, critically acclaimed stage production Rent in 1996 (and its 2005 movie adaptation), “Streets of Philadelphia,” Bruce Springsteen’s award-winning original song from 1993 film Philadelphia, 2007