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