Bad Choices and Women’s Sexual Agency: The 1989 Oscars

As we've seen already, the 80s were not a time when the Academy rewarded movies for visual artistry or innovative storytelling. Many of the movies nominated were not great. Yet a subset of these nominees (if not winners) had some interesting things to say about women's sexuality, and the way white women have used it in … Continue reading Bad Choices and Women’s Sexual Agency: The 1989 Oscars

Love Triangles and Change Over Time

∆ Delta. Change. Math. I got halfway through my binge of season one of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend before I realized that it has the same love triangle as Broadcast News. They both feature an intelligent female protagonist who is great at her job but also high-strung. She is torn between a sarcastic, smart guy who is into her but also … Continue reading Love Triangles and Change Over Time

Reboots and Reconsiderations

Delayed take: I kinda hated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mild spoilers to follow. I went in with an open mind. I've read plays before, and I was willing to give it a pass on some things. But it was bad. There were some bad plot points and some horrible dialogue. Maybe with some talented actors … Continue reading Reboots and Reconsiderations

Highs and Lows: the 1979 Oscars

As we've seen, some Oscar years are very serious. Others are not. This one is a grab bag. We have two serious films about Vietnam, The Deer Hunter and Coming Home, a "prison drama" in Midnight Express, a PG romp in Heaven Can Wait, and a comedic examination of single womanhood in An Unmarried Woman. It's a strange combo.   I imagine most of the … Continue reading Highs and Lows: the 1979 Oscars

Variations on a Theme: The Intervention and other Emotional Weekend Movies

This weekend I spent too much money renting The Intervention, a 2016 movie written and directed by Clea DuVall about a group of friends who decide to stage an intervention for a friend's marriage. I didn't hesitate to spend the $6.99 on it because A. I have no self control and B. it is my favorite … Continue reading Variations on a Theme: The Intervention and other Emotional Weekend Movies

Watergate Does Not Bother Me: the 1977 Oscars

When I started this post I thought it was going to be about journalism and Watergate. But it turns out these movies have a lot more to do with anger, resentment, and masculinity--by 1976 (the year the movies came out), this was how political weariness manifested. In all the movies I saw, the city streets … Continue reading Watergate Does Not Bother Me: the 1977 Oscars

Sidney Poitier, #OscarsSoWhite, and the 1968 Oscars

I've finally watched all 5 Best Picture nominees! These movies are pretty solid, so in several of the categories I think multiple nominees deserved to win. But it was 1968, and so political and social issues were paramount. Perhaps more than most years, it was important to acknowledge films of substance. Of the Best Picture nominees, … Continue reading Sidney Poitier, #OscarsSoWhite, and the 1968 Oscars