Month: January 2016

Rihanna’s Long-Delayed ANTI is Solid, But Uninspiring

RATING: 3/5 Let’s just get it out of the way: Rihanna’s ANTI is the messiest album release in recent music history. After three singles of varying success, an executive producer change (Kanye was presumably dropped), a puzzling Samsung promotional campaign, and several non-music projects, pop’s most prolific star finally dropped her eighth record last night. She released

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Chasing Oscar: Room is a Painful, Powerful Experience

This next post in the Chasing Oscar series reviews Room, the most devastating Best Picture contender. Room is the most difficult film I’ve seen this awards season. It tells the harrowing story of 5 year old Jack and his mother being held captive in a tiny shed, known to them as “Room”. It’s the only world

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Chasing Oscar: Spotlight Casts Child Abuse In The Lead Role

Part four of the “Chasing Oscar” series: putting the spotlight on the Best Picture frontrunner. A couple of months ago, Vulture reported that the cast of Oscar frontrunner Spotlight weren’t submitting themselves in the Lead acting categories; they would only compete as supporting players. In a season rampant with “category fraud” accusations (see Alicia Vikander’s in

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Chasing Oscar: Take A Beautiful, Emotional Trip to Brooklyn

Part three of Chasing Oscar: A close look at Brooklyn, the season’s quietest entry Who would’ve thought that this tiny film about a shy Irish girl moving to 1950s Brooklyn and finding love would be this year’s most emotionally satisfying Best Picture contender? I certainly hadn’t, if I had thought about the film at all. Brooklyn

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Chasing Oscar: Steve Jobs (The Movie) Deserved Better

Part two of the Chasing Oscar series takes a look at a film that didn’t receive a Best Pictur nod, even though it should have: Steve Jobs. Who was Steve Jobs, really? That’s the question that has been bandied about several times since the Apple founder’s 2011 death from cancer. Films, documentaries, books, longform articles, colleagues,

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