Ryan Gosling: From heartthrob to astronaut

From his early childhood, Ryan Gosling has been destined for the big screen. Gosling rose to prominence after his time on the Disney Channel’s star-producing show, “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” (1989–94), and arguably has never left the spotlight since then. With his role as Neil Armstrong in “First Man” receiving critical acclaim, now is […]

Advice from Dead Poets (and Some Living): W.S. Merwin on waiting at a red light

Yesterday morning, I sat in the backseat of a friend’s car in downtown Boston at a red light that never turned green. I don’t mean that as an exaggeration. The chorus of blaring horns stretching for a block behind us didn’t tip us off to the fact that the light was broken. We sat with […]

Oscars 2017 try and fail for a year without controversy

On Sunday night, just as it seemed like #OscarsSoWhite was rearing its head once more in a final, predictable best picture win for “La La Land” (2016), the film’s producer Jordan Horowitz said, “There’s a mistake,” before revealing the greatest gaffe in Academy Awards history: “Moonlight” (2016) had actually won the award. Thanks, Bonnie and Clyde. […]

Daily’s 2017 Oscar Predictions: What to expect on Sunday night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAgnx8RMVww&feature=youtu.be If one were to summarize the 2017 awards season with one word, it might as well be agitating. The season revealed the film industry’s own hypocrisy by failing to keep the promises it made at last year’s ceremony. From the racial controversy that followed “La La Land” (2016) to the questionable nominations of Casey Affleck […]

‘La La Land’ is what we want but not what we need

Without question, one of 2016’s most charming movies (and critics’ favorite) is “La La Land,” a modern-day musical written and directed by Damien Chazelle and released this past December. As awards season is underway, and “La La Land” collects numerous Golden Globe wins and Oscar nominations, the film continues to win hearts and minds. And not […]

The Reel World: I’m a Snob

As I was scrubbing the deep reaches of the internet for Oscar predictions this week, it dawned on me that I am a colossal snob. Here’s how it went down: I was angrily dismissing the predictions of several critics who tipped Damien Chazelle’s upcoming musical spectacle “La La Land” (2016) as the top contender to […]

Oscar hopefuls hit theaters

At long last, fall is here and while this arts editor is as excited as the next student for seasonal drinks and darker shades of lipstick, there is another, more exhilarating phenomenon that is simultaneously coming up. No, not cuffing season — Oscar season. While any film released in the previous calendar year is eligible […]