The calendar has finally turned over, and of course, because we just can't have nice things, the universe decided to take Betty White out at the last fucking minute. But anyway, the official book has closed on 2021, a year where we almost, kinda, sort of got back to something resembling normal, only for the … Continue reading The Best (and Worst) of 2021
The coming-of-age film is certainly nothing new. It's a well-worn bit of storytelling that can very easily fall into the trappings of cliché, but depending on your sensibilities, even the most tired moments can work because they ring true for the audience either hitting that point in their lives or reminiscing about bygone eras. Even … Continue reading I’m Gonna Run to You – Licorice Pizza
I guess it's appropriate that I'm doing the Directing category today, especially after I spent the early part of yesterday's review of Annihilation calling B.S. on Natalie Portman's complaints about the category at the Golden Globes. This is a category long mired in controversy, and not just for gender bias, though the fact that it took … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2018 – Best Director
This is my absolute favorite time of year. I've loved the Academy Awards since I was a child, and it's one of my bucket list dreams to just be nominated, or even get to attend. Today, for me, is like the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, when Santa Claus arrives to end the … Continue reading The Blitz is On! 90th Oscar Nominations Revealed!
With just a few days to go before Oscar nominations come out, it's fitting to take a look at a film that is likely to pick up a few nods come Tuesday. The eighth film from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread has been available in "select cities" (i.e. Los Angeles and New York) for a … Continue reading Daniel Day-Lewis Reaps What He Sews – Phantom Thread