Of course Oscar’s Night is one of the most exciting and prestigious events of the award’s season- a chance to award those in the industry who dedicated themselves to their craft. It’s without mentioning that throughout the years, the show has become overly political, and each host feels the need to be the quirkiest person in the room. In 2019, the decision was made, since the “show must go on” without a host, this being the third year marking it’s third year in a row.

Diversity had a big part in the nominees this year, most notably with Chloe Zhao…


Her career defining role in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Something that irks me the most in the media is a portrayal of total disregard for an actor or actress when they have a rough start in the industry. Yes, I’m sure all of you have painfully sat through the Twilight series. But really, without those movies how would Kristen have rose to fame? In this meticulously wrote article we will be taking a look at her filmography and why she is regarded by me, personally, as one of the best actresses of this generation. And hopefully you too can see the truth.

Kristen Stewart is regarded as one of…


An Atonement Analysis By Maggie Brandewiede

“It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.”
― Ian McEwan, Atonement

The innocence of youth is cunning, and imagination is often mistaken for truth. Because of those falsely identified incidents that occurred one hot summer night in 1935, imagine a thirteen year old girl having your entire future determined. Atonement is a novel that is glaringly more descriptive and engaging than Ian McEwan’s other works. It transcends the barriers of perspective, and makes…


THE WORLD TO COME

(2020) hands us a full-fledged narrative amidst its sometimes daunting moods. Painted poetically and gracefully, two women who urge for something more beyond daily life. Fastvold’s film has its audience yearning for the love and tenderness that is rare to find. Because it’s narrative does not often stray too far from the mundane and dreary palettes of André Chemetoff’s cinematography, uses of wide shots and sweeping landscapes remind us of the turmoil our protagonist, Abigail faces. Her voice-over is reminiscent of a prophetic tone, as is everyone’s dialogue. Everyone is reserved, except for her thoughts. …


Hitchcock has put a spell on me- from the filmography I have seen from him. I’ve gotten through about half of them and every one of them has the same Hitchcock flavor but original alone. If you asked me who a master of classic cinema I would automatically call out Hitchcock. He uses repetitive trends- for instance blondes reoccurring, images of birds, trains, and staircases that appear in his films. Here is a brief analysis of everything I witnessed from these two masterpieces.

Strangers on a Train is a 1951 thriller that can be summarized with a mostly simple plot…


It’s almost summer and that means Stranger Things season 3 will be coming out this fourth of July. Here are my thoughts and theories about the nostalgic 80’s hit series(spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up.)

It’s 1985! The trailer released two months ago opens with the homecoming ballad of Home Sweet Home by Motley Crue. We see Dustin has returned from camp. Eleven uses her telepathic powers to manipulate his toys and they surprise him. …


Dir. Damien Chazelle | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you’re a first time viewer of Chazelle, or if you’re back for the same feeling his previous masterpieces have given you then for sure find the biggest screen you can and go see his third crowning achievement.

This is a film that reminds me why we go to the cinema, to experience an other worldly (literally) ethereal experience. He dazzles us again, because he has such a devoted passion to his films and for cinema entirely. It’s a theater experience (second best to witnessing BR2049). It made me feel things I’ve never quite felt with any other film.

It’s…


Dir. Wash Westmorelan | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

The hand that holds the pen writes history.

An erotic, exciting, atmospheric piece on what it means to be an artist and finding your voice. The recent addition to Keira Knightley’s period pieces is for me, her best role yet. Her character’s transformation throughout the duration of the film is engaging and especially Oscar deserving this season. Knightley dominates every frame with her confident swagger and graceful mannerisms. She’s really cut out for these kinds of roles and it’s her most defining yet. The story follows her struggles to find her place in society- her husband Willy, an author decides…


Dir. Bradley Cooper | ⭐⭐⭐1/2

Going into this, I knew nothing about the previous installments or much about them. To be honest, I liked the trailer more. This film is not the love story you’ll go into expecting to leave the theaters in a good mood. It’s brutally honest, raw, and gripping. Bradley Cooper portrays Jackson Maine, a drunk musician who instantly falls in love with Lady Gaga’s character, Ally. He hears her sing and makes her feel special when she’s emotionally on the brink of giving up. I found that development a little fragile but it works once they interact. The shining star of…


Dir. Carol Reed | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you want to sell your services, I’m not willing to be the price. I loved him. You loved him. What good have we done him? Love. Look at yourself. They have a name for faces like that.

The Third Man is a masterful film noir classic that has established the path for filmmakers to follow in director, Carol Reed’s footsteps. At a young age, Scorsese was so influenced by this film, he wrote a thesis on it in film school. This is no doubt — an important film. From the opening shot we are lured into the uneasy tension…

Mae Brando

Essentialist. Double majoring in Film & Media Arts and English, minoring in Gender Studies. Host of Aspect Radio Podcast! Writing about film.

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