…Change Lanes

The Best Picture category is starting to feel like a circus with all the elephants in the room. Our next nominee “Green Book” certainly has its fair share of metaphorical and problematic pachyderms. I won’t presume to know the filmmakers motivations regarding the film’s title, but it is a poor and provocative choice since the…

…Steal the Show

By all rights, “Bohemian Rhapsody” should not be nominated for Best Picture. The film’s director was fired with two weeks of filming remaining. It received a less than enthusiastic response from critics. Add in the fact that director Bryan Singer’s behavior on set has recently come to light (again), and this Queen biopic seemed destined…

…power through

Once upon a time in the 1970s, Ron Stallworth of the Colorado Springs Police Department went undercover to infiltrate a local chapter of the Klan. That set up alone is a pretty solid start for an investigative, cop thriller, but as you likely already know given that Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” is one of the most…

…Follow Along

There’s something deeply personal about director Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma.” That much is very clear. This semi-autobiographical film takes place in the safe and protected world of Cuarón’s childhood. There’s nothing flashy or sensational about “Roma” or its main character, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid for a middle class family in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of…

…dive in

To say there was pressure for this latest iteration of “A Star is Born,” would be a gross understatement. Since the project was first announced, many have wondered what in the world Bradley Cooper’s version of this story (yes, he directed and co-wrote the screenplay) would look like. When Lady Gaga was brought on board,…

…Come Into Power

Marvel has become a master of creating worlds and universes, but in “Black Panther” they have gone a step further. They’ve sparked a movement, a cinematic revolution that has spilled out over the edges of the screen and flooded the real world. The power of that movement became very clear when this year’s Oscar nominees…