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 absurd... Continue Reading →

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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 to... Continue Reading →

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 had... Continue Reading →

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 debut... Continue Reading →

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 and... Continue Reading →

Biggest Oscar Snubs

1.) Toni Collette / Ari Aster / Hereditary This film got rave reviews, yet was forgotten when awards season finally rolled around. Toni Collette's performance in this film is half the reason it's so terrifying; she is able to encompass the mood of the film and project it in such an effective manner it resonates... Continue Reading →

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 entangled... Continue Reading →

Film Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Dir: Ol Parker Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Andy Garcia, Cher, Meryl Streep, etc. Runtime: 1hr54min Rating: PG-13 Spoiler level: Some small tidbits, but nothing major. Ten years ago, Mamma Mia! hit theaters. I went to see it with a high school friend... Continue Reading →

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