2019 Oscars Nominations Debrief: The Things I’m Excited, Surprised, Outraged, and Relieved About

I really thought I could do it this year. With traditional bellwethers for the Academy Awards seeming to go out of their way to hint at a "throwback" year by awarding middle-brow and historically revisionistic movies like Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Vice it seemed like this could be a year that I might sit out, cudmudgeonly throwing shade …

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Studio Ghibli #0: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Generally speaking I don't cry in the movie theatre. Being teased relentlessly in childhood for being a crybaby has, for better or worse, trained me to develop stiff upper lips and emotional dams that rarely flood over (we can discuss how unhealthy this is for me another time). But one of the few occasions that …

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Bumblebee & Aquaman (Big Screen Double Feature)

In our cinematic age of uber-franchises dominating theatres across the globe, no two franchises have suffered as much ridicule and fan-rage as the Transformers movie series and the DC Comics Extended Universe (DCEU). The Transformers franchise – based on a 1980s cartoon that was blatantly an extended toy commercial – found its reputation ground into …

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The Favourite (Big Screen Review)

Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is a director who has long reveled in making his audience disoriented and uncomfortable. Whether in explicitly disturbing us or in pushing us up against our social mores he has made a career out of eliciting nervous laughter with his macabre sense of humor. His …

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Big Screen Review)

Look, I understand how you might be feeling. This is the seventh Spider-Man movie since 2002 and the fourth reboot. Your base instinct is to ask if another Spider-Man movie is at all necessary. Well in this case, the answer is unequivocally yes. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – the minds that brought you 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie, and theoretically …

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Ranking The Coen Brothers’ Movies

Charting the Coen brothers movies is to see how the landscape of movies has evolved and changed over the years. Starting with Blood Simple in 1984, they began as cult directors who spearheaded (along with other directors) the emergence of the indie-film movement of the late 80s and early 90s before evolving into solid mid-budget performers …

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