In Response to the Honest Trailer of ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)

This Tuesday brought around the Honest Trailer for the remake of Ghostbusters (2016).  Based on it’s past history with trolls and threats from Ghostheads that love the original so much, Screen Junkies, the new media studio responsible for the Honest Trailer series, turned off their comment section, preventing anyone from spewing random hate for the content as well as allowing people to give criticism, praise, or suggestions that they usually ask for in the comments section. Continue reading “In Response to the Honest Trailer of ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)”

NYFF: Déjà Vu for Natalie Portman Oscar Buzz, But For All the Wrong Reasons

It’s a case of déjà vu, as Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman have teamed-up for a new Oscar bait film.  Six years after Black Swan, Aronofsky serves as a producer for Pablo Larraín’s Jackie.  It recently had its US premiere at the New York Film Festival to a sold out crowd of traditional festival goers and Portman fans waiting to see if it’s true that the actress will be in the running for an Oscar again.  Me, I checked it out to see if it was another over-acted performance from the Israeli-born actress that would just get swirled up in applause from critics.  And yes, it does feel like that again. Continue reading “NYFF: Déjà Vu for Natalie Portman Oscar Buzz, But For All the Wrong Reasons”

NYFF: The Palme d’Or Re-Showdown of “I, Daniel Blake” and “Toni Erdmann”

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to catch some films at the New York Film Festival.  While the main slate of this year’s edition is mostly a repeat of this year’s Cannes Film Festival back in May, it is nice to see how these once competitive titles played out for a juried audience to a public one.  Continue reading “NYFF: The Palme d’Or Re-Showdown of “I, Daniel Blake” and “Toni Erdmann””

‘Orange is the New Black’ is Not as Good as You Think It is

Problematic representations of sexuality and race make watching this show feel like homework than fun

In most controversial statement that may be more controversial than disliking Game of Thrones and having no interest in watching any episode from it, I don’t particularly care for Orange is the New Black. Continue reading “‘Orange is the New Black’ is Not as Good as You Think It is”

Sexism and Marcia Clark in “The People vs. O.J. Simpson”

Is she really unlikeable, or is it something else?

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In my last post, I mentioned something about episode six of The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story would wreck you.  It came as part of my prediction of Sarah Paulson winning Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie as Marcia Clark in the series (and, thank God, it did happen).  Continue reading “Sexism and Marcia Clark in “The People vs. O.J. Simpson””

Emmy Predictions 2016

This Sunday is the Emmy’s, TV’s under-appreciated and unpredictable awards show that honors outstanding work in (what else?) television compared to the pageantry, anticipation, and extremely predictable Oscars telecast.  Again, this year shows why TV is progressing much better than it’s other filmic counterpart: diversity is front and center as all of the major acting nominations has at least one person of color being represented.  As a warm-up to calculating this year’s Oscar race, I’d thought I take a crack at that Emmy predictions list.  However, I will likely end up short.  Note that half of the awards were given out last weekend over a two day period, so I won’t be going into that. Continue reading “Emmy Predictions 2016”