Celeste’s “Stop This Flame” hits you like the Second Coming. The single teases her forthcoming album Celeste. Slated for release in 2020, the LP will be the full-length debut of the talented U.K. singer. It is appropriate that Celeste Waite’s middle name is Epiphany. Her voice and soul-infused R&B are timeless styles that draw on... Continue Reading →
I am a sucker for Bond films. The Daniel Craig Era has been particularly dynamic. Even if all his movies have not been classics, Craig is a tremendous 007 and the franchise has adapted to grittier stories. An important part of Bond 25 dropped on February 13: Billie Eilish’s theme song for No Time To... Continue Reading →
The 2020 Oscars appeared to be on track to avoid any major upsets until late in the telecast. Korean director Bong Joon Ho's Parasite instantly went from being a well-received film to landmark cinema. The deserving four-time winner upset favorite 1917 and achieved a first in the ceremony's 92 years. Reactions To The 2020 Academy Awards 1 -... 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 →
This post contains spoilers for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense One of my blog goals for 2020 is to watch 100 movies and 30 new films over the next 12 months. The 100 movie umbrella includes new, old, classic, and cult films. A few old favorites are allowed, but the gist is to expand... 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:
It is natural to say “oh, they sound like…” when dissecting a new artist. That is difficult to do with Another Sky. The U.K. art rockers have a unique sound that is not like much else. Their music begins with the singular range of singer Catrin Vincent, but is a collaborative brilliance that cannot be ignored.
Large scale intimacy may seem like a contradiction, but Sam Mendes achieves that rare blend in 1917. The director saturates his film's audience in the horrors of World War One using a rare single-shot narrative. Because of this choice, 1917 is more of a psychological thriller than a traditional war movie. It is also the best epic to emerge from a year of instant classic tales like The Irishman and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
The 2020 Oscar nominations are in. Along with some disappointments and celebrations, there was a lot of the usual debate about this year's Academy Awards. Here are 8 thoughts on the celebration of the year in film:
2019 was a movie year marked by its best stories: J-Lo leading lady Goodfellas, an all-time great whodunnit, a razor sharp high school comedy, and epic depictions of two of the 20th Century's most notorious crimes. Ranking all 22 comes with glaring omissions like 1917 and Joker, two films that would likely place somewhere in the top... Continue Reading →