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
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?
I was in a movie theater when Notre Dame first went online. It was the Wednesday of spring break. I was back home with no plans and no friends. Painfully aware of the homework I would return to, I dedicated my week to something I struggled to find time for on campus: going to the… Continue reading Missing our missing movie theaters
Although 1940’s “Rebecca,” the “picturization” of Daphne du Maurier’s best-selling novel, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it is in equal parts owned by David O. Selznick. Immortalized for his production of “Gone with the Wind” — whose romanticization of slavery is finally being held to account — Selznick also produced the original “A Star is… Continue reading The Repression of ‘Rebecca’
As soon as I finished “Playtime,” Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedy about the foibles and follies of modern-day Paris, I immediately wanted to rewatch it. In part, that was because it was delightful. But like a movie with a good twist ending, it was also for the chance to discover all the details I had missed.… Continue reading The Pleasures of ‘Playtime’