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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

Is Hollywood Undergoing A “Greatest Showman” Transformation?

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?