Countdown to “Rocketman” Part 3: My Musical Journey with Elton John by Nathan Blake

I know I've been veering off this blog's typical format and focus with this series, and I'm about to deviate further into full on nostalgia. Just this once, I'm using this site as a public diary of sorts, but I think it's justified by the nostalgia I am feeling as the release of Rocketman approaches. I am … Continue reading Countdown to “Rocketman” Part 3: My Musical Journey with Elton John by Nathan Blake

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…

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

The Most Disappointing Films of 2018 by Alex Blake

2018 has been a great year. I made Nate my bitch for life. We traveled. And we saw some really disappointing films. Here are my eight most disappointing films of 2018, in no particular order. 1.) Private Life: This Netflix original starring Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn was nothing short of disappointing. I knew nothing … Continue reading The Most Disappointing Films of 2018 by Alex Blake

“Roma” review by Alex and Nate Blake

Directed and Written by: Alfonso Cuarón Rated: R (Graphic nudity, language and disturbing images) Length: 135 Minutes Distributor: Netflix Nate: Each December, as the final Oscar hopefuls hit theaters, I start to feel a little depressed about the months ahead. January has a reputation for being the month where studios release titles they were too … Continue reading “Roma” review by Alex and Nate Blake