The second month of my quest to watch 100 movies in 2020 brought me to a movie with untapped depth: Steve McQueen's Widows. The 2018 film incorporates themes of urban poverty, independence, and political corruption into the story of a heist executed by reluctant participants. The ensemble film stars Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam... Continue Reading →
By the end of 2019, I watched 22 films that comprised a year of instant classics and movies that were a bit of a social media lightning rod. There were a few holes in my indulgence of the year in cinema. After a little catch-up in January, here are the 28 2019 movies I have... Continue Reading →
The nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards are in. The most prestigious awards ceremony in cinema is primed to celebrate a year of instant classics. A-listers like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Brad Pitt, and Tom Hanks are up for awards alongside Oscar newcomers like Cynthia Erivo, Florence Pugh, and Bong Joon Ho. Without further ado, here are my predictions for every Oscar category this year:
The first season of Big Little Lies was a tough, yet addictive watch. The complex lives of five women in Monterrey, California exemplified great drama. Based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, the HBO series featured a strong cast headlined by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. To create a second season, Moriarty had to scrape together a new story beyond her book. The end result was a product that fell short of the first iteration with one exception: newcomer Meryl Streep.
After a 13-year hiatus, Deadwood returned to HBO in the form of a film. The third season ended with some closure in 2006, but the lack of a series finale loomed over an otherwise-fantastic show's legacy. One of the best written shows to grace television brought back the vast majority of actors from the original series for a last hurrah. Finally, Deadwood: The Movie is a bittersweet conclusion to David Milch's Western.
The Game of Thrones finale. Who would die? Who would survive? Who would sit on the Iron Throne? Before the Unburnt set King's Landing ablaze last week, this night was building up to be one of the most anticipated episodes in television history. After last week's episode, there was anger towards the writers and a stunning sense of apathy about the finale. The buildup was anti-climatic. The finale was similarly unsatisfying.
The last episode of Game of Thrones airs tonight. It will mark the end of one of the most buzzworthy television shows ever. There have been so many incredible moments. Ned Stark losing his head, the Red Wedding, Hardhome, et al. Despite a lackluster final season, television will never be the same when it ends and I will miss Game of Thrones.
The last season of Game of Thrones has been uneven. Two well-written episodes led off Season Eight. Both set the table for the dramatic, yet murky Battle of Winterfell. The season's swing episode was a disaster. The showrunners crammed nonsensical storylines together to set up the Battle of King's Landing. The legacy of Game of Thrones would be defined by how creators David Benioff and David Weiss rebounded in Episode Five, "The Bells." Unfortunately, the episode was a letdown that failed to tie eight seasons of stories together.
The ramped up tone of the final season of Game of Thrones leaves the show in a unique place. Every scene has the potential to leave a long-lasting impact on the legacy of the series.
After spending two weeks resolving character arcs and winding tension like a coiled spring, Game of Thrones exploded with its most thrilling episode to date, "The Long Night." The previous episode was the last moment of relative peace on the series. The third episode of the final season was the first of three that will be immersed in blood, death, and drama.