Oscars 2018: Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread Originally this was going to be another double feature entitled Two World War Twos wherein I would review Darkest Hour and Dunkirk. I’ll be honest, I’m somewhat burnt out on World War II (#askaJew) and wasn’t particularly looking forward to two dour features to slog through on the subject. I had…

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Oscars 2018: Coming of Age

This is the category of Oscar nominated movies that co-star Timothée Chalamet. No? Sorry. This is the category of nominees that are oddly recent period pieces. Wrong again? Ugh. Okay, how about these are the coming of age stories for 2018? There we go. Call Me By Your Name (deserves Best…

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Oscars 2018: Breaking News

The Post This is a weird one. It’s clearly the most Oscar-baitey movie one could imagine, nearly being the platonic ideal of awards begging. It’s also fiercely mediocre. The Post has a pedigree that should have a broad enough appeal, backed by gobs of talent, to be “good” at the…

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Oscars 2018: The Genre Films

This year has been surprisingly inclusive in certain traditionally stodgy Oscar categories. White men are in the minority for best director by 2:31, which is great! And genre movies have also done surprisingly well. For Best Picture we get horror and science fiction/fantasy representing, with Get Out and The Shape of…

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Oscars 2016: Child Abuse Edition

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Oscars

Oscar season is upon us and that means my friends and family mainline nominees like junkies. This year I figured I’d take a different approach to looking at the films up for some of the bigger awards since so many seem to have come in pairs. So let’s take a look at the best…

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