Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga dive all the way in for Oscar contender, ‘A Star is Born’

“I’M OFF THE DEEP END, WATCH AS I DIVE IN, I’LL NEVER MEET THE GROOUUUUNND!” ~ live recording of me scream-singing along to your future Oscar winner for Best Original Song, “Shallow.” But this isn’t a song review (all though, if I’m being honest, it partly is), it’s a review of A Star is Born. … More Film Review: Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga dive all the way in for Oscar contender, ‘A Star is Born’

Reel Talk: With its latest announcement, the Academy is making some huge mistakes

The Academy Awards is something near and dear to my heart. I watch it every year, eagerly consuming articles, talk shows, and general awards buzz to help make my predictions for who will take home Hollywood’s most prestigious prize. It’s my Superbowl, and I love every second of it. The Academy’s announcement Wednesday morning sent … More Reel Talk: With its latest announcement, the Academy is making some huge mistakes

Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises moral questions in the face of grief and forgiveness

Grief manifests itself in any number of ways — anger, denial, sadness, even apathy. In the case of Mildred Hayes in writer/director Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” her grief takes the form of an advertisement on three billboards situated outside — you guessed it — Ebbing, Missouri. Following the brutal death of her … More Film Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ raises moral questions in the face of grief and forgiveness

Film Review: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is an honest, moving portrayal of love and youth

It’s rare to be presented with a film so unapologetically honest in its delivery, and able to move me based solely on emotion and character, but “Call Me By Your Name,” directed by Luca Guadagnino, does this and much more with its exploration of love, youth and fleeting time, reminding us that we can and … More Film Review: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is an honest, moving portrayal of love and youth

2018 Oscar Predictions

The best time of the year has arrived: Oscar season. With the nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards being announced tomorrow, I decided to share my own predictions for the six major categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress/Actor and Best Supporting Actress/Actor — and break down my thoughts about this year’s race. Best … More 2018 Oscar Predictions