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 →

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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)  Of... Continue Reading →

The Things We Connect With

When you read a book, what are the things you connect with? Are there certain factors that stand out to you more than others? I read mostly YA, but I don't shy away from any particular genre, and do stray into adult literature on occasion. For me, there are a couple of elements that leap... 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 →

Inaccurate

Historical films can be tricky for viewers - a fact I realized after watching the 1989 miniseries Cross of Fire, starring John Heard and Mel Harris, about the rape and murder of Madge Oberholtzer by D.C. Stephens, a prominent K.K.K. leader, in 1925. After viewing the film, my history teacher destroyed me by saying that... Continue Reading →

One Shot #3: Tron Legacy (2010)

I have previously mentioned my enduring love for Tron: Legacy, directed by visionary director Joseph Kosinski, but in case you are unaware, here's a brief synopsis of my persistent adoration. At one point, I had a Tron wall in my room. I have 2 action figures on my shelf and a glow-in-the-dark Tron Funko Pop. I wrote... Continue Reading →

One Shot #2: Darkest Hour

Though I had an overall so-so opinion of Joe Wright's 2017 Winston Churchill biopic, one aspect of the film stood out to me just as much as Gary Oldman's spellbinding lead performance - and that's Bruno Delbonnel's brilliant cinematography. And part of the reason is this one shot, right here: Even if you haven't seen... 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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