Ex-movie critic and Scott Co. resident Blowen makes Oscar picks; lists best and worst movies

March 1, 2014 

Here are former Boston Globe movie critic Michael Blowen's predictions on winners at Sunday's Academy Awards, plus his personal best and worst list.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Best movie of all time: Chinatown, 1974, in which Jack Nicholson plays a 1930s L.A. private investigator looking into the death of Faye Dunaway's husband. "Every time I see it, I think I'm looking at a different movie," Blowen said. "There's so much in it. I've seen it I don't know how many times. It's like reading a great novel."

Worst movie of all time: Date With an Angel, 1987. A comic fantasy in which Emmanuelle Beart plays an angel who crashes into a pool at night and helps a young man about to be married and swallowed up by his future father-in-law's business. "All I can remember about the movie is that she injures her wing, and throughout the whole movie, she makes this sound (whimpers like a puppy)," Blowen said. "Please, shoot me now."

Best movie with a horse as a central character or horse-racing theme: Casey's Shadow, 1978, in which Walter Matthau plays a down-on-his-luck horse trainer who may have a shot at glory with a quarter horse. "It's based on the family of jockey Randy Romero," Blowen said. "And I love Walter Matthau. He brings so much to this movie."

Most underrated movie: The Killing, 1956. "Great, great movie with Sterling Hayden, and it's one of (director) Stanley Kubrick's first movies," Blowen said. "It's about a robbery at a racetrack."

Greg Kocher

gkocher1@herald-leader.com

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