The Criterion Channel’s latest movie is the 1970 film, Wanda, a film now appreciated as a masterpiece in American independent cinema. Directed, written, and starring the late Barbara Loden, Wanda follows the titular character through Pennsylvania as she faces difficulty at her every attempt to make a life for herself after divorcing her husband and losing custody of her children. She slowly walks around her Rust Belt town wearing her hair curlers for the first twenty minutes and offers a perfect introduction into the protagonist’s circumstances—her walk resembles not of someone aimless but of someone who has nowhere to go and no one to go to.
The Oscars are trash this year but we’re still doing predictions because we’re trying to stay afloat of the twitter discourse. Free us from this cinematic prison and enjoy reading the winners our hearts desire, and those we think will snatch the award!
With an all-star cast that includes Matthew McConnaughey, Anne Hathaway and Diane Lane, it could be understandably assumed that Serenity would be a hit. Set on the strange island of Plymouth, McConnaughey plays the oddly named Baker Dill, a fisherman down on his luck, missing every opportunity to catch a tuna fish he decides to name Justice. Dill struggles to keep himself afloat with few employment opportunities available when his ex-wife and mother of his son, Karen, played by Hathaway, pays him a visit with a criminal proposal: kill her abusive husband for ten million dollars. Despite a cast full of Oscar winners and nominees, the Steven Knight-written and directed film disappoints tremendously.
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In our second episode podcast host Charlie Dykstal talks with our editor-in-chief Dilara Elbir, editors Mary Beth McAndrews, Cassidy Olsen and staff writer Sydney Bembry about holiday films and specials. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher.
Happy holidays everyone!
After high praise from critics and audiences alike for Ryan Coogler’s Creed, the film series is back with a new director, Steven Capel Jr. Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed, a respected boxer, whose position, and confidence, wavers with a challenge from Viktor Drago, the son of the man who killed his father, Ivan Drago. With the Drago’s return to the franchise, Adonis’ history has caught up with him and he must reconcile with the conflicted feelings the challenges provoke as his life rapidly changes.
The third season of HBO’s hit comedy has finally come to end after 8 episodes and Issa and the audience have surely been on an interesting story. Viewers were gifted with a drug-filled trip to Coachella, wild Lyft rides, and more questionable romantic endeavors. While the season offers plenty of laughs, the Issa Rae-created series is in serious danger of repeating itself if it doesn’t undergo some changes in its next season.
As the title perfectly suggests, Issa gets a little crazy this week. More accurately, she’s become obsessed with tracking down Nathan after he seems to have ghosted her. Especially since she doesn’t have a full-time office job anymore, she has plenty of time to occupy her thoughts thinking about where Nathan is and when he’s finally going to text her back. When you think about it, it’s understandable that she’d be upset that she’s been duped by someone who was seemingly Prince Charming. He’s charming, funny and emotionally available – the perfect package. Then, when you really think about it, the sheer ridiculousness of Issa obsessing over this man she didn’t actually know that well or for that long, despite intimate time in pools and Ferris wheels. If it somehow comes down to going to his house and going through his room while he’s not home, he’s probably not the right guy for our girl. And she’s definitely made it clear that’s she’s not good for him, either.