Category: Artsy-Fartsy

  • The Empty Bookshelf Guide to the 2019 Oscars

    Another year, another set of movies! JoJo Rabbit Authoritarianism = bad Brainwashing youths = bad Nazis = bad Hitler being a brainwashed kid’s invisible friend = an irreverent take on the above. But it’s not singularly great. Next movie, please. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood It’s a movie about movie-dom. The Oscars love that […]

  • The Empty Bookshelf Guide to the 2018 Oscars

    And we’re back at it, again! The Best Picture nominees in alphabetical order… BlacKkKlansman It’s Ricky Jerret from Ballers! Kylo Ren! And they bring it. This is a simple movie (Black guy cons his way into the KKK, including a personal relationship with James Duke), with complex details throughout. It takes place not in the […]

  • The Empty Bookshelf Guide to the 2017 Oscars

    There was but one of these guides previously, due to that being the only year I saw all the Best Picture nominees once the field was expanded beyond 5, and/but I also saw all of them in 2017. Let’s do this (in alphabetical order). Call Me By Your Name A 25 year-old initiates a sexual relationship […]

  • The Empty Bookshelf Guide to the 2010 Oscars

    This won’t be a guide to all of the awards, but we’ll get through all of the important ones. I’m structuring this as an “Empty Bookshelf Guide” and selectively using the royal “we,” though I’ve not consulted with the Junior Staff for their opinions. The format will be listing the ten Best Picture nominees, and […]

  • 2010 Eagles UniDictions – Week 3 – Jaguars

    OK.  Let me first apologize for all of you saw  my successful week 1 Unidiction and took the week 2 numbers to Vegas.  I told you my system only went to 28 — and was based on nothing other than uniforms.  If anything would be the sign that you have a problem, betting based solely […]

  • 2010 Academy Awards

    Alec and Steve were the only friends left at “Oscar’s” birthday party after mom kicked Kratos out after “the incident.” Some quick thoughts opinions: The “interpretive” dancing to accompany the Best Music (Original Score) nominees was tacky and plain-old ridiculous. Being that the music was written for a movie, why not show either a) a […]

  • Best Song Ever? The 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)

    Maybe the most in-depth “best song ever?” review…ever Only in the US could a song written by a gay Russian guy to celebrate a Russian military victory become a cornerstone of its patriotic celebrations. Sure, the whole “1812” in the title makes it sound like it could’ve been written in relation to the little discussed […]

  • The Concept of Eleni’s Oscar Cookies

    You can’t even tell which direction Cookie Forest Whittaker is looking in, but man is he still compelling as a pastry. A few weeks ago, I happened upon this article on EW, briefly discussing the merits of cookies designed with illustrations of the best actor and best actress nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. I […]

  • Empty Bookshelf’s First 100 Reviews

    Oh, those kids. Always at it. You guys really shouldn’t’ve. So here we are at the first of what may be a few reviews of our first milestone, 100 reviews. Not only is this the first review of this milestone, but of what could be very many milestones. We here at the Bookshelf like the […]

  • The Last 200 Years of Human Creative Output

    I hope that I’ll be able to post with some more frequency in the next coming while. Look for some smaller reviews in the next couple days. Humanity, I’m calling you out. I was doing some thinking the other day about what we’d do if aliens showed up. Obviously, the first course of action would […]