A preview of the 2021 Chicago International Film Festival

This year will mark the 57th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest-running festival of its kind in North America. It will also mark my seventh year in attendance — and my first with press credentials. As evidenced by this tweet when I first heard the news (shameless self-promotion, and it won’t be the last!),… Continue reading A preview of the 2021 Chicago International Film Festival

Making sense of the 2021 Oscars

Last Sunday, I live tweeted the Oscars. I’m not entirely sure what compelled me to do this. Perhaps it was my duty as an entertainment journalist to provide the public with some extra-colorful color commentary. Maybe it was my main character complex — bass-boosted by the vanity of social media — convincing me that the… Continue reading Making sense of the 2021 Oscars

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ vs. my last two brain cells

This week, I am tasked with writing 600 words on “Godzilla vs. Kong.” Alas, only six come to mind. So, to quote Chris Evans (and his sweater) from Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” — “This is stupid with two O’s.”  In all fairness, “Godzilla vs. Kong” seems to know that. Or at least, I was told that… Continue reading ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ vs. my last two brain cells

‘The Father’: Life in erosion

The temptation when adapting a play to the screen is to preserve it precisely as it already is — to hit record on the camera and let the actors do their thing. The argument, I suppose, is that this method makes theatergoing a little more accessible. By preserving the spirit of the stage in a… Continue reading ‘The Father’: Life in erosion

2021 Oscars: A moment or a movement?

On March 24, 2002, history was made. That evening, at the 74th annual Academy Awards, Halle Berry became the first (and as of this writing, only) Black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in “Monster’s Ball.” It was also the night that Denzel Washington won the Best Actor Oscar for his… Continue reading 2021 Oscars: A moment or a movement?