How David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino utilize Hollywood as a forefront to tell harrowing stories about politics, reflection and dreams

Behind the Scenes stills from MANK

Almost as long as there’s been a “Hollywood”, there have been filmmakers who wanted to take it as their subject. Those films have contained more than a hint of caution. When Hollywood takes a hard look at itself, it rarely has any illusions that beneath the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown is something more sinister factory of yore.

In recent years, high profile filmmakers such as David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino and Damien Chazelle have all turned their cameras on Hollywood and…


Here’s who will win, who should win and who should’ve been nominated or whatever man this is a form of self torture at this point why do I care so much about this shit

I hate everything

HAAAAAARRRRRRRRKKKKK!!!!!!! Triton, hark! Bellow, bid our father the Academy Award nominations rise from the depths full of foul in it’s fury! Golden Statues teeming with false nominations slither through our social media feeds with pungent slime, to choke ye, engorging your emotions until ye turn red with frustration and bloated with bilge and brine and can tweet no more — HAPPY OSCAR NOMINATIONS DAY!!!!!! In a…


This decade can only go up from here!

Behind the Scenes still from Mank

The day was Saturday, February 15th. I had made my way into a rather weird, sold out screening of Sonic the HedgeHog. I justified these actions by wanting to support the CGI artists who had to change Sonic’s entire look after the internet cyberbullied the initial Sonic look. When the lights came up, and the facade faded, little did I know that would be the last time I set foot into a movie theater until the end of August. 3 weeks later, the harsh and traumatic reality of the COVID-19 pandemic had…


A static shot of Rooney Mara eating a pie for 5 minutes. Casey Affleck is underneath a bed sheet with two eye holes in them for 95% of the runtime. A cameo by Kesha. Writer/Director David Lowery’s unconventional indie drama film has lived in the membrane of film fans since it’s Sundance debut back in 2017. The audacious premise is as follows: A recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew…


“Is it scary?”

Not a phone in sight, just people living in the moment

In 2015, I was 17 going on 18, I was an emotional and mental mess. I was going in and out of suicidal thoughts. I never knew when the day would come where I would finally do it. I hated myself. The worst part of it all, I was in a toxic relationships. I was perplexed by this girl’s beauty. The way she went about life was intoxicating and I fell hard for her. I gave everything I had and believed in the relationship. I wasn’t receiving the type of love I felt like I deserved back…


DISCLAIMER: This was a piece I wrote for a film class during my one year at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. The website, Between the Frames, originally published this work on their website until the cite was unceremoniously taken down. I am now re-posting here on my personal medium page for anyone who would like to read an amateur talk about the GOAT.

Film is subjective. There are a variety of different ways to approach the aspect of how to go through the process of making a film. In that process, there are different people one needs to hire for…


A Legend.

I was 11 years old during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. My family had just moved to Kansas City, Kansas and I had no friends. Prior to moving, I was slowly falling in love with the game of basketball. I have stated in previous articles that Dwyane Wade is my favorite player and he inspired me to be greater. However, at the time, the 2nd favorite was Kobe Bean Bryant. When we first set foot in Kansas City, it was just my mother and younger sister. It was the beginning of June, and the NBA finals had just…


ugh well here’s a definitive list of who will win, who should win and who should have been nominated or whatever I don’t even care anymore

whatever

HERE YE, HERE YE!! It’s Oscar morning! Why did I wake up early to have my entire day ruined right at the start? Because I’m a slut for these types of things! Some good things happened (KNIVES OUT!!!), some bad things happened (TODD PHILLIPS), but overall, how did everything turn out??!! Let’s get into it:

BEST PICTURE

Nominees: Once Upon a time…in Hollywood, The Irishman, Parasite, 1917, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story, Little Women, Ford v. …


The Best Film Year of the Decade

Florence Pugh as Dani in Ari Aister’s Midsommar

Tarantino. Scorsese (x2). Malik. Aster. Joon-Ho. Denis. Johnson. Safdies. Gerwig. Baumbach. Wang. Noé. Peele. Eggers. Scafaria. Diop. Fiennes. PTA. Waititi. Wilde. Soderbergh (x2). Heller. Lemmons. Varda. Endgame. Skywalker. Weird CGI Cats where the female ones have boobs but the males don’t have a genitalia. A CGI Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Special shoutout to Baby Yoda.

2019 is the best film decade of the 2010s. One could argue that the 5 best movies of this year could all retroactively make the all decade top 20 list. Not since 2007 have we seen a…


*****I should stress that this is my experience and things I have witnessed after my first year at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. My opinion might vastly differentiate from someone else****

In August of 2018, I was preparing to start over on a journey that I began on just 2 years prior. I had moved halfway across the country to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend my 3rd school in the same amount of years. It’s almost become a cliché in a sense to say “I don’t go to a normal school”. Which isn’t that far away…

Chandler Bado

Striving to be great

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