Ranking the 2021 Oscars Best Picture Nominees

The 2021 Academy Awards are right around the block. While this has been an unprecedented year for the film industry, there have been many great movies released – some of which have been recognized in the Best Picture category.  I really enjoyed watching all of these movies as this lineup is loaded with many great, unique films. It was difficult to pit them against one another, but I tried my best!  Here is my ranking of all of the Best Picture nominees from worst to best: 8. Trial of the Chicago 7 Directed by Aaron Sorkin Image Credit: Marie Claire […]

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LGBTQ+ Representation in Netflix’s Moxie: Hollywood’s Push to Seem Inclusive (But Not Too Inclusive)

The 2017 Academy Awards made history for accidentally awarding La La Land Best Picture. What was meant to be a win for the Moonlight turned into a full-blown media phenomenon – news sites and journalists choosing to report the mishap, rather than the real history being made: Moonlight being the first fully Black cast and LGBTQ+ film to win Best Picture. Image Credit: Slashfilm Detailed in Jay-Z’s song “Moonlight”, this mix-up overshadowed the Moonlight in many ways, forcing it to share the attention it deserved with La La Land and forever associating it with said film. In many ways, this […]

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Why Does the US Keep Remaking International Films?

At the 2020 Academy Awards, Parasite (2019) made history as the first foreign film to ever win Best Picture, posing a brighter future for many international movies that fail to receive recognition among the wider American audience. Parasite’s win caused a momentary shift in this pattern, prompting many to explore unfamiliar titles and have a greater appreciation for non-domestic and non-English language cinema. Parasite’s historic win, Image Credit: The Playlist Western production companies caught on to Parasite’s popularity, however, with HBO almost immediately picking it up to remake into a limited series. While many were excited, others criticized it, ultimately […]

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The Most Anticipated 2021 Netflix Original Films

2020 was a difficult year for theatrical releases, with many blockbuster films heading straight to the digital platforms. On the other hand, many streaming sites, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+, are becoming the new normal for many film-goers.  Because of this, Netflix announced a slate of over 70 new films for 2021, which is more than any other production company. They plan to release at least one every week, up until the new year. Here are some of the best movies you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home in 2021: 1. The Harder They Fall […]

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Notion: The Productivity App for the Non-Productive

With second semester rolling in, the idea of productivity is a lot more exciting than actually being productive. Luckily for us, there is an app out there that makes getting work done a much easier feat. An Introduction to Notion For me, Notion is the holy grail of productivity apps. I’ve tried GoodNotes, I’ve tried Evernote, and I’ve tried having a million unnamed Google documents, but I found with all of them that it took too much effort to keep organized and stay committed to using it on a busy schedule.  Notion is an incredibly intuitive app with many different […]

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Megan is Missing – A TikTok Trend in Review

TW: mention of sexual assault and violence Image Credit: Thought Catalog In the midst of lighthearted TikTok trends like Ratatouille: The Musical and Billie Eilish’s Therefore I Am, a much more controversial trend has erupted, traumatizing even the bravest of users.  Megan is Missing (2011) is a found-footage horror film directed by Michael Goi, told completely through webcams, video diaries, and newscasts. It centers on a 14-year-old girl who goes missing after meeting a man she met online and her best friend’s quest to find her.  Over the past few weeks, users have challenged themselves to watch this film, with […]

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A Film Buff’s Favourite Terrible Movies

With exam season coming up, the last thing we need to do is sit through a 3-hour space epic that will leave us more confused than when we started it. Awful movies are great when you need a laugh or de-stressor, or even if you just want to feel better about yourself. The Room (2003) directed by Tommy Wiseau 3.7/10 IMDb | “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!” Image Credit: IMDb Not to be confused with Room (2015) or The Room (2019), this is THE Room – the lightweight predecessor of all room movies. This film follows a successful man named […]

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