1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. Django Unchained
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Robot & Frank
10. Safety Not Guaranteed
Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahomaís statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the stateís largest news Web site.
Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her schoolís 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school.
She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily OíCollegian and earned her journalism degree with honors.
She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahomanís entertainment desk in 2007.
In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Marylandís Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle.
Articles by Brandy McDonnell
1. Zero Dark Thirty
AWFJ Women On Film - Is ‘Ex-Wife’ Part of Kathryn Bigelow’s Job Description? - Brandy McDonnell comments
If Bigelow‚Äôs low-budget but excellent independent film has to play the proverbial second fiddle to a mega-blockbuster that has become the top-grossing movie of all time, that‚Äôs one thing. That‚Äôs life. That‚Äôs just the way it is. Money equals power.
But please, for the love of the 19th Amendment, tell me that we‚Äôre not going to spend the rest of awards season hearing about the big showdown between Cameron and his ex-wife. Read more>>
1. ‚ÄúInglourious Basterds.‚ÄĚ
2. ‚ÄúThe Hurt Locker.‚ÄĚ
3. ‚ÄúUp in the Air.‚ÄĚ
4. ‚Äú(500) Days of Summer.‚ÄĚ
5. ‚ÄúPrecious: Based on the Novel ‚ÄėPush‚Äô by Sapphire.‚ÄĚ
6. ‚ÄúFantastic Mr. Fox.‚ÄĚ
8. ‚ÄúDistrict 9.‚ÄĚ
10. ‚ÄúThe Brothers Bloom.‚ÄĚ
And, for the annotated version: Read more>>
Finally, the battle to bring an effective and engaging Iraq war movie to the screen has been won. read more>>
As thousands of balloons lift Carl Fredricksen‚Äôs house in the new film “Up,‚ÄĚ the sky seems to be the limit for Pixar Animation Studios, the still-young Hollywood powerhouse behind the 3-D animated adventure. Read more>>
For the good of humanity, someone needs to stop the Wayans clan from procreating ‚ÄĒ or at least from using their offspring, siblings and other relatives to make bad movies. Read more>>
LOS ANGELES ‚ÄĒ Before he presented the entertainer of the year prize to Carrie Underwood at last month‚Äôs Academy of Country Music Awards, Matthew McConaughey regaled the crowd with a story about using George Strait to pick up chicks. Read more>>
Even the masterful storytelling of Charles Dickens can‚Äôt turn away the “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past‚ÄĚ from the dreaded fate of banal predictability. Read more>>