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Countdown to “Rocketman,” Part I: 10 Essential Albums

  The release of Paramount’s Elton John “musical fantasy” is just a little over a month away. As a huge Elton john fan, I’m trying to be realistic in my expectations for the film. On the one hand, there are promising signs. The producers have said the film will focus on the early years of … Continue reading Countdown to “Rocketman,” Part I: 10 Essential Albums

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…