From ‘The AP Party’: Are the Golden Globes An Accurate Predictor for The Oscars?


After the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, I took a look at the history of winners for the ceremony and how they compared to their corresponding Academy Awards, I wrote a post for The AP Party about my findings. Link to the full article at the bottom.

This year’s Golden Globe Awards gave us plenty to think about when it comes to the upcoming Academy Awards.

Is this finally Leonardo DiCaprio’s year with The Revenant or does Matt Damon (The Martian), who also has never won an acting Oscar, have a chance to upset? Will the Academy also see fit to give Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu that rare second-straight Best Director/Best Picture sweep or will Tom McCarthy ride Spotlight‘s early front-runner status to the big prize?

What about the lead actress award that went to Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) in Musical/Comedy, while Brie Larson (Room) picked up the award in the Drama category? For the supporting awards, Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) got a surprise win with Sylvester Stallone (Creed) earning the night’s biggest ovation.

We might be closer to some answers when the Oscars nominations are announced Thursday (Jan. 14) morning. But history gives a good indication that we can consider some of those awards already locked. Looking back at the past 15 Golden Globes and Oscars winners in the major categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress — provide some interesting revelations for what the Golden Globes mean as an Oscars predictor. They’re particularly strong with the acting categories, but not so much for the others. Read More…


From ‘MXDWN Movies’: Let’s Talk About…’Spotlight’


I recently participated in a discussion on the new movie ‘Spotlight’ for MXDWN Movies. You can read the full discussion at the link below.

James: Alright, so Spotlight is slowly starting to make its way around the country. The film already has amassed large critical acclaim and early awards heat. Just to get started, what are your initial thoughts on the movie?

Tyler: I loved the movie. As someone who studied journalism, I have a soft spot for “journalists change the world” movies. I was engaged the whole time. What did you think?

James: It really is a terrific movie. Impassioned and intelligent, Spotlight does a wonderful job of getting to the root of its central investigation- sex abuse in the Catholic Church- and pointedly examines why it took so long for it to come about in the first place. It’s a great journalism movie (akin to All the President’s Men and The Insider), but hopefully more accessible than that. It felt like it was paced like a terrific thriller. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: With Only One Foot in the Digital Distribution Door, Amazon Fails Where Netflix Succeeds


Last week, I examined Amazon’s non-committal nature when it comes to the culture surrounding digital distribution in a piece for The AP Party. Link to the full article below.

The digital revolution isn’t coming; it’s been here for a while. For many, the decision to watch a movie or TV show hinges on whether they can find it on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Video. Now, each service is making sure that we can ONLY see shows and movies on their service by producing their own content.

Almost two weeks ago, Netflix released the Aziz Ansari dramedy Master of None, to both critical and audience acclaim. On Friday (Nov. 20), Amazon will release its most ambitious series to date, The Man in High Castle, based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name. Yet it’s unlikely Amazon’s show, predicated on the idea of “What if the Nazis and Japan won WWII?” will garner the same attention as Ansari’s collection of relatively small, short films. Read More…

From ‘The AP Party’: Grantland’s Podcasts Brought Diverse Perspective to Those Who Might Have Missed It


Last week, I took the time to reflect on the diversity of Grantland’s Podcasts in a piece for The AP Party. Link to the full article below.

Media consumption is now a niche-based activity. Whether it’s television, online or print, if we don’t like the way something is presented or the lens through which it’s packaged, we find a different website, change the channel or put away the newspaper.

Sometimes this is for our benefit. Why listen to film a critic with different tastes and waste $12 on a film that we know we won’t enjoy? Other times, this method of consumption is detrimental to our own understanding of any issue that might have real-world importance like U.S. relations with Russia or something relatively innocuous such as whether or not Don Draper actually told us “to buy the world a Coke.” Read More…

From The AP Party: When Twitter Trolling Alienates Creators, It Ruins the Fun for Everyone


I wrote a piece over at The AP Party on the effects social media trolling has had on some of our best content creators. Click the link below for the full story.

I’m no saint. If anyone looked back at everything I have written or said publicly and amongst close friends during the entire 27 years of my existence, they would find plenty of reprehensible comments I made due to some combination of youth, ignorance and stupidity. Since joining Twitter in 2008, I have found those comments to be commonplace. Read More…

From MXDWN Movies: ‘Slow West’ Review

Slow West 1

I wrote a review for the new western Slow West starring Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn and Kodi Smitt-McPhee for MXDWN Movies. Check it out!

The western has a long tradition with film – and fiction for that matter. The idiom, “white hats vs. black hats,” has been shorthand for good vs. evil for a while now. The genre has evolved over the years to include more complicated characters that defied these constraints and more realistic violence. Yet even with these changes, the western is also among the most self-referential genres in film, whether to pay homage to the past or to challenge its conventions. Among the most stalwart: notions of masculinity and, of course, the nature of good and evil. Read more…

From The AP Party: Pop Culture Ownership Among Generations Gets Tricky When Everything Is Available

While We're Young

In director Noah Baumbach’s latest movie, While We’re Young, an older couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) meets a younger pair, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Jamie and Darby are what most would call hipsters. At one point in the film, Josh and Jamie both express their appreciation for a commercial jingle from Josh’s youth. Later on, Josh expresses his frustration to Cornelia that, to Jamie, the ad is “just some kitschy thing he saw on YouTube,” whereas it’s a genuine part of his youth. Read More…