• White Helmets Cinematographer Barred from U.S.

    White Helmets Cinematographer Barred from U.S.0

    • February 26, 2017

    Not even the Oscars are immune from American politics and some celebrities and other members of the film industry won’t be attending — and not all by choice: twenty-one-year-old cinematographer and White Helmets press officer Khaled Khatib has been banned from entering the United States and attending the awards ceremony as part of the White

  • Oscar Animated Shorts: Birds, Booze, and Bands

    Oscar Animated Shorts: Birds, Booze, and Bands0

    The Oscar animated shorts category has a few familiar faces and one director who adapted his own graphic novel into an animated short. “Borrowed Time” (7 minutes) Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj (directors) USA This is a short, silent Western about guilt and grief and dads, and it does that very well. The animation is made

  • Oscar Shorts: Singing, Baking, and Assimilation

    Oscar Shorts: Singing, Baking, and Assimilation0

    One take away from the live action Oscar shorts this year is that they’re not really that short these days. Only one film comes in under the twenty minute mark. While a few of these films could have really done more with less, overall, it’s a year of strong contenders covering a broad range of

  • Elle: A Study On Trauma

    Elle: A Study On Trauma0

    Content Warning: Rape and sexual violence. A film that is centered solely around rape will never be a film for everyone. Though as a rape survivor, I felt that every moment of Elle was made with me in mind. Paul Verhoeven’s study of a woman dealing with the aftermath of a violent rape in her

  • Jackie: History Has Its Eyes On You

    Jackie: History Has Its Eyes On You1

    Jackie Pablo Larraín (dir), Stéphane Fontaine (cin) , Noah Oppenheim (wri) Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt (cast) LD Entertainment, Fox Searchlight Pictures September 7, 2016 (Venice), December 2, 2016 (USA) We are midway through Jackie, and Jacqueline Kennedy, standing in all black, is talking to a priest. “Was God in the bullet that killed my husband?” she asks, angry but still pointedly polite. When

  • Oscars Welcomes Abusers Gibson and Affleck

    Oscars Welcomes Abusers Gibson and Affleck2

    Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault, racism and antisemitism. In July 2010, two women filed a $2m lawsuit against actor Casey Affleck, alleging repeated instances of sexual harassment from Affleck as they worked together on his directorial debut. The allegations included accusations of verbal abuse and physical intimidation, including one instance where a plaintiff