We’re finally less than a month away from the Oscars telecast. I am eager for it to come and be over with. Though I feel it is my responsibility as a scholar of film to watch the Oscars and their many precursors, the past couple of years it has truly become a slog. I always … Continue reading For Your Consideration: A Star Is Born
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
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
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
January sucks. There’s no other way to say it. Aside from Glass, which I’m not going to rush out and see since I haven’t seen Split and the only time I saw Unbreakable was 13 years ago, January looks to be pretty boring at the cinema. In lieu of a lot of new film reviews, … Continue reading The Case for “First Reformed” by Nate Blake
By Nate Blake I hate that this has to be said, but the 2017 film that impacted the industry the most wasn’t Dunkirk or Get Out or Lady Bird. Nearly a year after all of those films competed for Best Picture at the 90th Oscars, it seems clear that audiences, actors, guild members and even … Continue reading Is Hollywood Undergoing A “Greatest Showman” Transformation?
So confession time: I have had an incredibly busy year, and wasn’t able to see as many movies as I would have liked. I missed some of the high profile films like A Star is Born, If Beale Street Could Talk, Vice, Green Book, First Man, etc., and I plan on seeing Mary Poppins Returns … Continue reading Best Movies of 2018: Jacob Johnson’s List