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

Of Astronauts and Ensembles: The 1984 Oscars

The 1984 Oscars (honoring movies from 1983) was a bit more traditional than 1988. But several of the films honored featured ensemble casts that I think threw off the awards that year, and it led to some odd nominations. Here were the Best Picture Nominees. I've decided I can only do one of these if I've seen at least … Continue reading Of Astronauts and Ensembles: The 1984 Oscars

Two Rom-Coms and a Thriller: Re-Evaluating the 1988 Oscars

Inspired by my older-movie-watching and the Vanity Fair podcast Little Gold Men (which is trying somewhat unsuccessfully to stretch an award season podcast into a weekly year-round one), I've decided to look back at the bizarre combination of movies nominated for the 1988 Oscars. Ideally, I would [re-] watch all the movies, but I don't want … Continue reading Two Rom-Coms and a Thriller: Re-Evaluating the 1988 Oscars

No One To Share It With: Movies Older Than Me That I Love

This past year I've been an active patron of my local public library's DVD holdings, and I've (re)discovered some really excellent movies. And since I'm decades behind the conversations about them, I'm just sharing them here. In chronological order. The Goodbye Girl 1977 I saw this movie in high school and then I forgot about it, … Continue reading No One To Share It With: Movies Older Than Me That I Love