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Why Do We Sympathize with Unsympathetic Movie Characters?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jim Judy of Screenit for suggesting this terrific video essay by Jennine Lanouette on how even crooked, selfish, and powerful movie characters gain our sympathy.  I was delighted to see that she highlights one of the scenes featured in my […]

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Year

posted by Nell Minow

This week, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60th anniversary on the throne. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen. And Colin Firth won an Oscar for his performance as her father, King George V, in The […]

A Father’s Day Tribute to My Favorite Movie Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

My updated gallery of the greatest movie dads is now up, with some new additions including “Up” and “The King’s Speech.”  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my own magnificent dad and to my kids’ wonderful […]

Win a DVD of Oscar Favorite ‘The King’s Speech’

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have three copies of this year’s Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Director Oscar-winner, “The King’s Speech,” to give away.   If you’d like to enter, send me an email at with “King’s Speech” […]

The King’s Speech

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:December 17, 2010
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: December 17, 2010

One of the best movies of the year makes a king look like an underdog in the true story of a man who had to literally and metaphorically find his voice, with in a very real sense the fate of […]

And the Oscar Goes To…….

posted by Nell Minow

* Best Picture – The King’s Speech * Best Director – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech * Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech * Best Actress – Natalie Portman for Black Swan * Best Supporting Actor […]

Interview: Tom Hooper of ‘The King’s Speech’

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hooper, nominated for Golden Globe and satellite awards as best director for his acclaimed film, “The King’s Speech,” spoke to me about what made the movie especially meaningful to him, why the MPAA’s decision to give it an R-rating […]

The Real Story: The King’s Speech

posted by Nell Minow

They were “the heir and the spare.” Bertie’s brother was the Prince of Wales, destined to be king. Bertie was the Duke of York. Their father died and the Prince of Wales became King Edward VIII. But he fell in […]

More on the MPAA’s Bad Call on ‘The King’s Speech’

posted by Nell Minow

From the Hollywood Reporter with more on the controversy over giving “The King’s Speech” an R rating for a brief scene of bad language (in a vocal exercise): “Another Bad Call from the MPAA,” lamented influential Movie Mom blogger Nell […]

Another Bad Call from the MPAA

posted by Nell Minow

The ultra-violent “Saw 3D” gets an R. The ultra-explicit and disgusting “Jackass 3D” gets an R. But how does “The King’s Speech” get an R? This is an acclaimed historical drama about the King of England (Colin Firth) who has […]

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posted 12:28:41pm Nov. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Happy Thanksgiving! Alice's Restaurant
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posted 3:45:01pm Nov. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Miracles From Heaven
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"Brooklyn," based on the book by Colm Tóibín, is exquisitely lyrical, the story of a young woman who immigrates from Ireland to New ...

posted 5:22:49pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Pixar's New Short is Really Special: Sanjay's Super Team
The best part of "The Good Dinosaur" is the short film that comes before, "Sanjay's Super Team." The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to be based on the life ...

posted 2:30:49pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »


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