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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