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

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‘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

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?

‘Nomadland’ and the road not taken

I watched Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” on my laptop. It is an ugly sight — a Samsung I’ve had since my freshman year of high school that can no longer even be described as stainless steel, due to a variety of brown and silver splotches I’ve so graciously adorned it with. It takes approximately five minutes… Continue reading ‘Nomadland’ and the road not taken

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ meets the moment

“Judas and the Black Messiah” is no biopic, at least not by any average measure. It is, first and foremost, a thriller — a crackling piece of political, social and historical intrigue that resurrects the ‘70s stylings of Sidney Lumet, whose collaborations with Al Pacino on classics like “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Serpico” laid the… Continue reading ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ meets the moment