Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures (2016)

We Need More Movies Like Hidden Figures

Can we take a moment to bask in how truly awesome this movie’s existence is? Not only does it star three women of color in leading roles (and none of them play slaves or servants), but it also tells the story of women working as NASA mathematicians, programmers, and engineers. And it’s based on real people and events from the 1960s. And it covers racism and sexism in the workplace and how women of color are discriminated against more than men of color and white women. To see this film crush it at the box office is like a giant middle finger to Hollywood. Now you guys can’t use the shitty excuse that women (specifically, women of color) don’t sell at the box office anymore because RECEIPTS. Continue reading “We Need More Movies Like Hidden Figures”

Claire Foy in The Crown (2016)

2017 Golden Globes Predictions

The Golden Globes are tonight, and Jimmy Fallon will be hosting, which is kind of perfect considering he’s the king of cheesy drinking games with celebrities, and the Globes are a cheesy, drunken shitshow for celebrities (I miss Tina & Amy). Anyway, let’s make some predictions! I usually only do films, but since I watched quite a bit of TV this year, I’ve decided to predict those as well. Continue reading “2017 Golden Globes Predictions”

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood

Since its premiere at Venice Film Festival, La La Land has been everywhere, and for good reason. Directed by Damien Chazelle (of the Oscar-winning Whiplash), La La Land is like a giant love letter to Old Hollywood musicals like Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. With fantastic original music, tributes to classic films from the 1940s-1960s, and a charming duo with great chemistry, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that La La Land has been nominated for Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards—and I have no doubt we’ll see it at the 89th Academy Awards, too. Continue reading “La La Land: A Bittersweet Love Letter to Old Hollywood”

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores in Westworld (2016)

How Is 2017 Awards Season Here Already?!

Once again, limited film releases have screwed me over—hence my “Oh, shit” reaction to the 2017 Golden Globe nominations that came out today. I haven’t seen most of the films on this list because most aren’t wide releases until the end of December or beginning of January. Weirdly, I think I’ve seen more of the nominated TV shows this year. But who cares because it’s the Golden Globes, and they’re the worst. Just wait until the Screen Actors Guild nominations, which come out…WEDNESDAY?! Son of a bitch. Fine, let’s do the things. Continue reading “How Is 2017 Awards Season Here Already?!”

Christian Bale in The Big Short

The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?

“Is this trying to be educational or condescending?” is what I kept asking myself during The Big Short. Because it’s got this weird (to borrow the term from A.V. Club) edu-tainment way of storytelling. Think heist-like comedy of going against “the man” mixed with docudrama exposing Wall Street for its shitty ways. I think that’s where a lot of my issues stem from with this movie. I can’t tell if it’s being informative or talking down to me. Continue reading “The Big Short: Educational or Condescending?”