For Your Consideration: “BlacKkKlansman” by Jacob Johnson

From the very first shot, BlacKkKlansman made me feel like a terrible human being, and that’s why it is the best movie of the year. Let me explain. Spike Lee, the auteur provocateur who would be an icon in film history even if he had only directed the seminal Do the Right Thing, has a … Continue reading For Your Consideration: “BlacKkKlansman” by Jacob Johnson

Nate Blake: The Oscars Are A Poor Measure of Excellence, Except…

As I’ve spent the past few weeks complaining online about how Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book do not deserve to be in the Oscar race, I’ve received a lot of feedback that’s dismissive of the importance of Hollywood’s biggest awards. The common retort is that Oscars don’t matter, the Academy gets it wrong more than … Continue reading Nate Blake: The Oscars Are A Poor Measure of Excellence, Except…

Nate Blake on Why “Leave No Trace” Was Snubbed

The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced this morning. There were some big surprises, the most welcome of which was a supporting actress nomination for Marina de Tavira from Roma. There were also some big snubs, particularly Ethan Hawke (though First Reformed did get a screenplay nod) and the absence of Won’t You Be … Continue reading Nate Blake on Why “Leave No Trace” Was Snubbed

From the Editors: The 1st Annual High Contrast Awards

Alex and Nate: This year, instead of doing a standard Oscar predictions post, we decided to name what we feel were, by category, the best achievements in film for 2018. Because narrowing this down is hard, we will also recognize the runners-up in each category. In some cases, the chosen winners are the result of … Continue reading From the Editors: The 1st Annual High Contrast Awards

“If Beale Street Could Talk” review by Alex Blake

I should know by now that I just need to trust in everything that Barry Jenkins chooses to do. If Beale Street Could Talk is no exception. Based on the classic James Baldwin novel, which I am about half way through reading, this story follows Tish (Kiki Layne) as she learns she is pregnant with her boyfriend … Continue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk” review by Alex Blake