Oscars’ poor choices stir controversy

As the 2019 Oscars draw near, the ceremony’s controversies have been steadily increasing as well. Much of the backlash coming from members of Hollywood stems from the show-runners’ head-scratching decision to only televise certain categories, while public anger is centered around the proposed addition of a new category as well as from once-slated host Kevin […]

‘Cold War’ seethes with melancholic glamor

As “Cold War” (2018) draws to its end, the penultimate scene places its protagonists, Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), on opposite ends of a table in a dilapidated labor camp shack, staring emptily at each other. The star-crossed lovers of Pawel Pawlikowski’s searing romantic drama never could have predicted that they would end up here: Yet […]

The 2019 Oscars: predictions, discussions, the voting process

This past Tuesday, the 2019 Oscar nominations were announced and, to the surprise of no one, there was plenty to cheer and kvetch about — an inevitable consequence of subjectivity. There were some surprise contenders, including Yalitza Aparicio’s Best Actress nomination for “Roma” (2018). It was the actress’ film debut and the first Best Actress nomination […]

With Oscars approaching, Netflix aims for wins with winter releases

December typically signifies the time of year when most ‘Oscar-worthy’ films are released. Whether it is to keep films fresh in the minds of Oscar voters, who largely receive these films on DVD and can watch them at anytime, or to give us something to talk about with our family members over the holidays, movie award […]

October box office roundup: Frighteningly good

The October box office has a history of under-performing releases, often mired by overdone horror movies in honor of Halloween. Prior to this year’s record-breaking “Venom” release, “Gravity” (2013) held October’s highest opening weekend, followed by a line of horror films, including most of the “Saw” saga and some random outliers, like “High School Musical […]

Oscars 2018 celebrate diversity, but can’t let go of the past

Following 2017’s Best Picture mix-up and a year of public revelations about sexual assault in Hollywood, Sunday’s Oscars ceremony was under immense pressure. How could a night defined by excess and self-congratulation be serious, humble and celebratory all at once? The result was a ceremony that attempted to place diversity at the forefront, with presenters […]

What to see: A snapshot of March film releases

The Academy Awards are a wonderful annual event where you can pick your favorite movies and, more likely than not, lament when they get snubbed in favor of another film. However, even though the ceremony is over for 2018, there are plenty of up-and-coming movies to fill that cinematic void. Here are a few movies to look out […]

How to prepare for the Oscars without watching the movies

March, the most Boston of months, is upon us at last. With midterms, St. Patrick’s Day and spring break all on the horizon, you may have completely forgotten that the 90th Academy Awards are this weekend! What’s that? You haven’t seen any of the best picture nominees because you were too busy crying over the […]

The Academy is diversifying, but will Sunday’s ceremony reflect that?

Diversity amongst Oscar nominees and the Academy has a murky past. After the past few years of #OscarsSoWhite, it seemed that the Academy took the hint in 2016 when it welcomed 683 potential members, with 46 percent of the invitees being women and 41 percent being people of color. The trend continued this past year, […]

2018 Oscar-nominated animated short films exhibit diversity in technique, theme

Throughout late February and early March, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston screens all 2018 Oscar-nominated short films. On Feb. 17 and 18, The ICA presented this year’s five nominated animated short films, and will show them again on March 4 and March 11. As is the case every year, these Oscar-nominated shorts […]