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

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

In Volume One, I discussed the fourteen films I saw before the Oscar nominations were announced. Those were films I had wanted to see on my own before I decided to challenge myself to watch every single Oscar-nominated film this year. For this round, I’ll be discussing twelve features and one shorts category, which I … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume Two

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

As a costume designer who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, it should come as no surprise that I love Oscar season. In grade school, I wore prom dresses while watching the telecast in my living room, and in college, I invited friends over for Oscar-watching parties. Once, I … Continue reading What It’s Like to Watch Every 2019 Oscar-Nominated Film, Volume One

Women on the Fringe: A Round Up of Female-Driven Shows at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival

What do first crushes, hip hop, cave dwellers, and the City of Los Angeles all have in common? They encompass just a few of the countless productions written, performed, produced, and/or directed by women at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, running June 7th through the 24th in Los Angeles. We’ve compiled a list of some of the … Continue reading Women on the Fringe: A Round Up of Female-Driven Shows at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival

Search Party: The Best TV Show I Never Knew I Needed

There’s a scene in the very first episode of the TBS show Search Party where protagonist Dory Sief (Alia Shawkat), looking straight out of Beacon’s Closet, enters an NYC rooftop party through an open window, joining other thriftshop-clad millennials who are trying to impress each other IRL with padded resume credentials and Instagram-ready “candid” poses. The party paints … Continue reading Search Party: The Best TV Show I Never Knew I Needed

Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

The saying “Art imitates life” or vice-versa doesn’t accurately describe Barry Jenkins’s critically-acclaimed Moonlight, although many early reviews and interviews with the filmmaker make it seem that way. To succinctly summarize, the film chronicles the journey of a young black boy as he traverses into manhood. The overall plot is that simple, but where Moonlight … Continue reading Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story