Best Picture Countdown #1: The Favourite

“I have sent for some lobsters. I thought we could race them and then eat them.” – Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite (2018) Of all eight films nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards, Yorgos Lanthimos’s semi-ridiculous period dramedy The Favourite impressed me the most. A thrilling combination of absurdContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #1: The Favourite”

Best Picture Countdown #2: BlackKklansman

“I just want to leave you, sisters and brothers, with these last words. If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am for myself alone, who am I? If not now, when? And if not you, who? We need an undying love for black people, wherever we may be. All power toContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #2: BlackKklansman”

Best Picture Countdown #3: Roma

“We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.” – Marina de Tavira as Sofía in Roma (2018) Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical drama Roma has become the Awards season darling over the last few months, racking up heaps of praise from critics and audiences alike – though many viewers never hadContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #3: Roma”

Best Picture Countdown #4: A Star is Born

“Music is essentially twelve notes between any octave. Twelve notes and the octave repeats. It’s the same story told over and over. All the artist can offer the world is how they see those twelve notes.” – Sam Elliott as Bobby Maine in A Star is Born (2018) Early into awards-speculation season, Bradley Cooper’s highly-anticipated directorial debutContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #4: A Star is Born”

Best Picture Countdown #5: Black Panther

“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” – Chadwick Boseman as T’Challah in Black Panther (2018) In a world where audiences are growing weary of superhero movies in spite of their boxContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #5: Black Panther”

Best Picture Countdown #6: Green Book

“You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity.” – Mahershala Ali as Don Shirley in Green Book (2018) Several of this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees have endured significant scrutiny and controversy, and the Peter Farrelly helmed Green Book, which depicts the relationship between African American pianist Don Shirley andContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #6: Green Book”

Best Picture Countdown #7: Vice

“I can feel your recriminations and your judgment, and I am fine with that. You want to be loved, go be a movie star. The world is as you find it. You got to deal with that reality, and there are monsters in this world.” – Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in Vice (2018)  OfContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #7: Vice”

Best Picture Countdown #8: Bohemian Rhapsody

“This is when the operatic section comes in.” – Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Bringing up the rear in my Best Picture countdown is the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, directed by *redacted* and Dexter Fletcher. It’s earned a boatload of money all over the world and is both a visualContinue reading “Best Picture Countdown #8: Bohemian Rhapsody”

Favorite Books and Films 2018 Edition!

Favorite books (in no particular order!) 1.) Nine Coaches Waiting – Mary Stewart I cannot believe I knew nothing about Mary Stewart until this year. Set in the late 1950’s, this particular tale is about a sharp young governess named Linda who must protect the life of her charge Philippe, and how she becomes entangledContinue reading “Favorite Books and Films 2018 Edition!”

Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Dir: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Peña, Bobby Cannavale, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, etc. Runtime: 1hr58min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Light, some hints here and there. One tidbit beneath the read-more. I am a big fan of 2015’s Ant-Man, to the point where it’s inContinue reading “Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)”