The Moviegoer

Jay Martin announces as Democratic candidate for governor

A fifth Democrat emerges for Democratic primary race for governor.
IT Arkansas job board

Tom Cotton flunks another fact check

Evidence for his attack on Vanita Gupta? None.

Little Rock shooting victim dies at hospital

The Little Rock Police Department has launched a homicide investigation following the Aug. 2 death of a Little Rock man.

Weekend Moviegoing

"Sunshine Cleaning," "Wendy and Lucy."  And this is fantastic.

Checking the Queue

Thanks to Philip Martin for a shout-out in his Friday MovieStyle column.  I haven't posted my Netflix queue in a while, so here it is.Frozen River; Miracle at St. Anna; Hellboy II: The Golden Army; Happy-Go-Lucky; and Cadillac Records - - all 2008 releases that I missed.

That Time of Year

It's the slowest for movies. "Watchmen," the much anticipated film adapted from, arguably, the greatest graphic novel of all time, has stirred the emotions of critics.

'Waltz with Bashir'

The Oscar nominated film "Waltz with Bashir" arrives in Little Rock tomorrow at Market Street Cinema.

On the Air

I’ll be on KARN Newsradio 920 AM (102.9 FM) Monday morning at 7:40 a.m. talking Oscars with Bob Steel.

And the Winners Are . . .

Against my predictions.  Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Actor: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” Sean Penn, "Milk" Best Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader” Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” Best Adapted Screenplay: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Original Screenplay: “Milk” Best Art Direction: “The Dark Knight” "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Best Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Costume Design: “The Duchess” Best Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Makeup: “The Dark Knight” "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Best Music (Original Score): “Slumdog Millionaire” Best Music (Original Song): “WALL-E” "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Sound Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire” "The Dark Knight" Best Sound Mixing: “WALL-E” "Slumdog Millionaire" Best Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” Best Animated Feature Film: “WALL-E” Best Foreign Language Film: “The Class” "Departures" (Japan) Best Short Film (Animated): “Presto” La Maison en Petits Cubes Best Short Film (Live Action): “Toyland” Best Documentary Feature: “Man on Wire” Best Documentary Short: “The Conscience of Nhem En” "Smile Pinki"Overall: 15/24.

The Moviegoer's Oscar Predictions

Here are my predictions for the Oscars. I'm not going to live blog this year.

And the Oscar goes to . . .

A sampling of my predictions appear in today's Arkansas Democrat Gazette.  For a complete listing of all of my picks, visit  Over the weekend, I will have some added thoughts about the awards, including my alternative Oscars.  I'm debating (and I emphasize debating) seeing all five best picture nominees again.  I don't know that I can suffer through another viewing of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" or "The Reader," but I may try.On Oscar night, rather than the customary live blog, I'm going to update in real time on Twitter.  You can sign up and follow me at

It's Oscar Time

The Academy Awards take place on Sunday in Los Angeles.  I've already submitted my picks to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and to  I'll post them tomorrow, but needless to say I'm not expecting a lot of upsets.Also, I'll be on KARN Newsradio 920 AM on Monday morning talking about the winners and losers.

The Best Picture Nominees

I finally got around to seeing "The Reader" today.  The film, directed by Stephen Daldry ("The Hours") is an adaptation of a German novel of the same title by Bernhard Schlink.  It stars Kate Winselt, who was nominated for an Oscar for the role, and Ralph Fiennes.

The Oxford Film Festival: 02.05 - 02.08

For those of you interested in taking a trip to Oxford, Mississippi anytime soon, might I recommend 02.05 - 02.08 for the Oxford Film Festival.

The Best 31 Days of Moviegoing

TCM's 31 Days of Oscar has kicked off. Today you can see "Sabrina," "Brewster's Millions," "You Can't Take It With You" and many more.

Denby: 2008 Not a Great Year

David Denby of The New Yorker weighs in on the Oscar nominations and the year in movies.

Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford

Architectural Digest revisits actress Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford at home in New Orleans.

No 'Lives of Others' but . . .

Market Street Cinema adds "Breaking and Entering" and the recently re-released "Becket" starring Peter O'Toole.  "This History Boys" and "The Good German" carry over.

Shout out to Jeff Nichols

a Little Rock native and fellow Central High graduate.  His new film "Shotgun Stores" premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and makes an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the "Encounters" component of the festival which intends to offer "a compelling range of titles by both emerging and established talents, films which are likely to provoke some of the liveliest comments at the festival."

More on Tribeca

Robert De Niro's film festival in New York.  Here are a couple of films that look interesting: Gardener of Eden, directed by Kevin Connolly, written by Adam Tex Davis.