What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Four

To wrap up the final volume of this year's Oscars roundup, I'm going to breeze through a few expected—and thus a tad uninspired—nominees for Best Picture; in their own ways, both 1917 and Ford v Ferrari told stories that were familiar and match what the Academy tends to reward (cue eye roll). I'll also cover … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Four

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Three

In a somewhat ironic turn of events, the Hollywood elite seems to have embraced the on-screen portrayal of class inequity in the Oscar nods this year, with Parasite collecting six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Other favorites also focus on people on the fringes of society—with the controversial Joker racking … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Three

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Two

The last Avengers, the last Star Wars, the last Toy Story, the second-to-last Tarantino movie, and the farewell to white alpha male protagonists? While I'm not holding breath on any of these to actually be true, the farewell (unfortunately, not The Farewell) to cinematic giants was a big theme this Oscar season. This year brought … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Two

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume One

Another year, another roundup of 41 (!) Oscar-nominated films that I’ve watched so you don’t have to—although there are a few that I’m going to suggest you should! Volume One starts off with two of the nine Best Picture nominees: Marriage Story and Little Women, helmed by real-life partners Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, respectively. In … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume One

A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to Radical Self Acceptance with Astrologer Chani Nicholas

Astrology came to me in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Yes, I know it sounds nutty (and maybe a tad dramatic), but when the world you thought you knew ceases to make sense, you end up looking for any and every resource that can offer guidance. Dipping my toes into the practice helped me … Continue reading A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to Radical Self Acceptance with Astrologer Chani Nicholas

A Weekend at Rom Com Fest: Heartthrobs, Heartbreak, and Revisiting the Classics in 2019

When I saw the first, clearly targeted for me, Facebook ad for Rom Com Fest it was actually just advertising a screening of Never Been Kissed. After clicking on the link, I was surprised to find an entire festival dedicated to the romantic comedy genre, with beloved films, new features, talks, and other special events. … Continue reading A Weekend at Rom Com Fest: Heartthrobs, Heartbreak, and Revisiting the Classics in 2019

What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Three

Dearest readers, I must admit that I felt some major fatigue during this last leg of watching the final eleven Oscar-nominated films and remaining two shorts categories. As with the last batch, I dreaded having to watch some of these films, for reasons outlined below. But, I finished—and found myself pleasantly surprised by a handful … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Three