…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…

…discover

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…

…fight the good fight

As I embark on my first review of the 2018 Oscar season, I can’t help but reflect a bit. The impulse is only helped along by the fact that it’s been many months since I first saw this film. At the time, the Oscars were still a far-off possibility for all of this year’s nominees,…

…feel the pressure

It’s crunch time, crusaders. We’re down to the final days of the Olympics and, as if that wasn’t enough, the final countdown to the Oscars is upon us. Starting tomorrow, the drama of the rink and the slopes is swapped for the front lines of WWII (twice)…the Nixon-era newsroom…1960s Baltimore…the Italian countryside in the 80s…1950s…