Watching the Oscar contenders, part 2

On March 15th, the nominations for this very strange year’s Oscars ceremony were announced, with the three movies I profiled in Part 1 each snagging six nominations, including the all-important nomination for Best Picture. In Part 2 of Watching the Oscar Contenders, I will highlight three films that also received multiple nominations this year andContinue reading “Watching the Oscar contenders, part 2”

Watching the Oscar contenders, part 1

No one would call 2020 a banner year for movies, with many major releases being pushed to 2021 with the hope of a theatrical release post-pandemic. Despite this, awards season is barreling ahead, with a strong crop of films to boot. In the lead up to this year’s Oscars, I will be watching as manyContinue reading “Watching the Oscar contenders, part 1”

Three chords and a lie

The musical biopic genre is one of the most tried and true in Hollywood, and continually one of the most stale and cliche-riddled. Each of these films follows a formula, beginning with a complicated childhood, a moment where their early potential shines through, initial success, an internal conflict externalized (usually) by drug and alcohol abuse,Continue reading “Three chords and a lie”

The legacy of trauma in IT: Chapter 2

When Stephen King’s IT was published in 1986, it courted controversy and became a massive bestseller – literally. With a length of over 1,100 pages, IT isn’t an easy read, but since the publication it has become one of King’s best-known works, one that many of his fans hold up as his best work. ITContinue reading “The legacy of trauma in IT: Chapter 2”