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. I'll also cover the three shorts … 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 my 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 … 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

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

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