The New York Times just published a fascinating piece on how different counties in America have responded to each of the Best Picture nominees this year. With 2016 proving that our geographic location plays a huge part in our perceptions of the world, this approach to understanding public enthusiasm (or lack-there-of) for each nominated film is very interesting.
Personal note: I couldn’t help but notice how Dane County (Madison, Wis.) sticks out in the map of which counties liked Moonlight. This is one of those moments where I am very proud of where I live!
Directed by: Tom Ford
Written by: Tom Ford, based on the book by Austin Wright
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Summary: A successful art dealer in Los Angeles reads her ex-husband’s manuscript which he has dedicated to her. As she reads the disturbing story she reflects on their previous relationship, its downfall and how it is represented in his latest work.
Nocturnal Animals was my favorite movie of 2016. I was super disappointed to see that it didn’t get the Oscar attention it deserved because, this movie is very well done. Most of the film is Amy Adams (Susan) reading a book. Sounds dull, right? It’s riveting. (more…)
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Written by: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly
Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons
Summary: Three black women lead a team of mathematicians in the 1960s making significant contributions to the space program and contributing to the success of groundbreaking space missions.
How has this story not been told before? and if it has, how has it not gotten more attention? Hidden Figures tells a really interesting story about a pocket of NASA history that I had no idea existed. This is the kind of fun fact that sends me on a Wikipedia spiral where I start by searching for the story of the black mathematicians at NASA and three hours later wind up reading something about Jeffrey Dahmer.
This story is really cool. But this movie is really not. (more…)
Oscar nominations came out on Tuesday and the immediate reaction was “Wow, the Academy is really trying to make a point. I guess #OscarsSoWhite is over now.” After last year when almost every nominee was white, the diverse races and backgrounds of those nominated in 2017 shows a stark difference. But this notion that now the Oscars have solved the racial disparity problem in films is silly for a few reasons. (more…)