In this long-running and popular feature, film buff Mike Walkey gives us his often-personal perspective on some of the day's biggest stories in film and television.

Walkey Talk: Memo to the Academy

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  January 7, 2017 @ 8:17pm

Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host this year's Academy Awards on February 26, 2017. La La Land has already positioned itself as the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture before the nominations have been announced.

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Oscar Talk: Hear Leo Roar

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  February 29, 2016 @ 6:01pm

Well, that was interesting...

One of the best things to happen to the Oscars this year was the #OscarsSoWhite backlash and negative press the Academy received for lack of diversity in its nominees. This wasn't just because it brought awareness to an important subject, but because it brought more awareness to the Oscars themselves.

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Oscar Talk: Straight Outta Contention

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  January 17, 2016 @ 5:13pm

How do you really know if a movie actually gets snubbed? Isn't art subjective? If so, then wouldn't the "snubs" the Academy is guilty of be just a matter of personal taste?

At the end of every year, critic groups from major North American cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston name their Best Pictures.

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Walkey Talk: It's Not Binary. Films Can Be Popular AND Ambitious

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  January 3, 2016 @ 1:50pm

Part One: Ambition

I hate writing traditional movie reviews. I hate having to express myself within the confines of a structured checklist. Here's the plot summary. The acting was strong. The writing was confident. The sets were pretty. The music was loud.

Worst of all is having to rate films though some kind of metric: numbers, letters, stars, thumbs, tomatoes, etc.

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Oscar Talk: The Curious Case of Creed for Best Picture

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  December 28, 2015 @ 5:39pm

Is it really possible that Creed, the SEVENTH film in the Rocky franchise, could actually be that good? Seriously? For real?

I love the Rocky movies. I love every minute of each and every one, no matter how gloriously awful they've become.

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Walkey Talk: The Day the Future Stood Still

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  October 27, 2015 @ 7:52pm

When I was in school, a teacher would sometimes catch me doing something I wasn't supposed to be doing.

Whenever they'd ask, "Michael, what are you doing?"

"Just putting on the second coat now!" was always my favourite response.

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Walkey Talk: Boyhood vs. Birdman

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  February 22, 2015 @ 10:02am

Life lessons can occur anywhere. Epiphanies happen anytime. And in the most unusual places. Like riding on a bus for example...

"Why is Boyhood considered good? Nothing happens. It's about the boring mundane things that happen in a person's ordinary life. I go to the movies to escape my boring routine life. If I wanted reality, I'd look out the window. I go to the movies to escape reality.

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Oscar Talk: Importance vs. Influential

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  March 2, 2014 @ 12:19pm

It's been a two picture race since last fall between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. 12 Years a Slave has always been seen as the front runner, but in recent weeks Gravity's popularity has been increasing. The movie with the most nominations, as Gravity has, wins the majority of the time.

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Walkey Talk: The Balcony is Closed

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  April 13, 2013 @ 4:10pm

I knew this day would come soon. It always comes eventually. Legendary American Film critic Roger Ebert passed away April 4, 2013 after over a decade long battle with cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands. I'm obligated to write something in his honour. Not because I was asked to. Because I want to. But I really do have to. I have to. I must. How could I not write something about the single most influential writer in my life.

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Oscar Talk: Argo Annointed Hollywood's Best

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  February 27, 2013 @ 5:56pm

The Oscars are a funny breed. Trying desperately every year to be hip and every year ever so slightly missing the mark. On paper, they should be huge: Hollywood is a multi-billion dollar industry filled with globally recognizable employees. And in the world of entertainment on demand, a live television broadcast such as a sporting event or an awards show are some of the last remaining TV "had to be there" viewing events.

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