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Happy Post-Oscar Monday, fellow crusaders! Congrats to all of last night’s victors and near victors. I know it sounds corny and cliche, but it really is an honor to be nominated. Just ask anyone who wasn’t.

For most of us today is just a normal Monday. Although, if you stayed up for the entire program last night it is a slightly drowsiest beginning to the week. Read the rest of this entry


…take flight

I hate to be too hyperbolic as I head into my final best picture review of this 2018 Oscar season, but to say that “Lady Bird” spoke to my soul would not be an overstatement.

This story, written and directed by Greta Gerwig, tells the tale of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a senior at an all-girls Catholic high school in Sacramento.

It’s both a coming of age story and a mother-daughter tale as Lady Bird navigates high school (and all of the best friends (Beanie Feldstein), boyfriends (Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet), and drama club that goes with it) and her relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf). Read the rest of this entry


At first glance, “Call Me By Your Name,” is a pretty standard coming-of-age story. Yes, its backdrop, an Italian summer, is absolutely stunning, but on the surface, the emo/intellectual nature of its lead is nothing we haven’t seen before. But as Elio (Timothée Chalamet) learns, first impressions aren’t everything.

This is the story of Elio Perlman, a young man who spends his summers (and a few other seasons) in Italy while his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) conducts archeological research.

This particular summer, 1983, Elio’s father (Michael  Stuhlbarg) has a grad student, Oliver (Armie Hammer) in Italy assisting with his work. Read the rest of this entry

…bear in mind

This Sunday Funday brings us the BAFTAs (which are happening as I write this…no spoilers please), a reminder that even the non-U.S. film awards tend to nominate the exact same actors.

Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and for me this year’s stand out also happens to be the only film in recent history to both attain and retain a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not “Lady Bird” and it’s not “Black Panther” it’s “Paddington 2” the little star-studded sequel that could.

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…make it reign

black-panther-hr-posterIt’s no secret that this Marvel universe has pulled together quite a cast of characters—a genius billionaire, Norse god, a gifted surgeon, a brilliant scientist/hulk, and a super soldier (to name a few). Now, with “Black Panther,” they’ve found a king, and so much more.

To start, we get Wakanda, a (fictitious…unfortunately) East African nation, that hides its true self from the outside world. Centuries ago, an enormous amount of vibranium (here’s a link for the non-nerds) landed there and given this small nation enormous technological advancements, something they decided long ago they must keep hidden from the outside world, for their own protection. This true Wakandan nation is led by its king, the Black Panther. Read the rest of this entry