by The Collected Mutineer Warning: General Ramblings and Spoilers for a 152-year-old plot ahead When I was a […]
In this year’s crop of Best Picture nominations, there are the expected choices: the epic war drama, the Scorsese film, the powerhouse drama, the WWII film (although this one is rather insouciant), but, Parasite is quite unlike its contemporaries in that its scathing look at modern capitalism forces its audience to hold up a mirror to themselves, and we’re probably not going to like what we see.
Any film by Martin Scorsese is destined (or, perhaps more aptly described as “doomed”) to become Oscar bait. Add in big-name actors like Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, a mystery steeped in Americana lore, and a hefty dose of nostalgia and…you have whatever The Irishman is.
In truth, I was bored from fifteen minutes in until the end more than three hours later.
Films that cover important figures in British history have long been Oscar bait, but there’s never been one quite like The Favourite. This film puts powerful historical women at the forefront and shows their beauty, their grace, and every. single. flaw. It’s a refreshing almost-dramedy to break up the parade of aesthetically-pleasing, slow-paced, period pieces that usually become Oscar fodder.
(And the Ceremony Hasn’t Even Aired Yet) By The Nerdling The Oscars are always inundated with controversy. Usually […]
By The Nerdling It is Oscar time again! The Collective team is busy watching all of the eight […]
by The Collected Mutineer
Its Oscar season, which means that the Collective team is working its way through each film nominated in the Best Picture category. For me, this time of year comes with both a measure of excitement and a measure of reservation. I often wonder why certain films were nominated, why some were snubbed, and even more often: “did anyone actually see this movie?”
In the case of Vice, which stars Christian Bale transformed as former veep Dick Cheney, I wasn’t surprised to see its name listed. After all, Hollywood loves movies where actors are nearly unrecognizable (and boy, does Bale deliver). What I wasn’t expecting, however, was how the film was going to make me feel by the time it was over—despite some fumbled storytelling and forced analogies, Vice is an unforgiving reflection of American society.
**This review is as spoiler-free as I can make it, considering the events are public knowledge and in living memory for many of us.**
It was recently announced that the Academy Awards–which will have its 91st ceremony next year–will include a new […]
I saw Lady Bird a week ago. And since then, I’ve been struggling with myself about how to review […]