Over the past decade, LGBT cinema has seen a surge in popularity. A significantly marginalized minority is getting acceptable representation in Hollywood. With Moonlight and Call Me By Your Name of the last two years, these movies have proven themselves as serious Oscar contenders. This year’s Oscar contender on that front comes with Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased. Not only is this a powerful film in its own right, but its release could not be more relevant with today’s political climate. Read more
For the majority of his career, Jonah Hill has been known for acting in comedies such as Knocked Up, Superbad and 21 Jump Street, but has made a turn in recent years with Academy Award-nominated performances in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Now, Hill’s career has branched out to working behind the camera as the writer and director of Mid90s, and while his first feature isn’t without flaws, it asks compelling questions about the titular decade and uses intriguing methods to tell its coming-of-age story. Read more
We’ve all been there before; we’ve experienced that feeling of handling the loss of a loved one and what happens next. Earlier this year, my grandfather passed away after a hard fought battle with lung cancer. It was a rough time for me, coping with the fact that one of the greatest men in my life had gone on to greener pastures. On the day of the funeral, it was the first time in a while I had expressed feelings other than being upbeat or frustrated; I sat there in a pew and cried. No one can imagine how they will handle tragedy and what comes with it. Manchester by the Sea sums up many of the feelings we encounter when handling grief; it’s a simplistic, moving reminder that we must be able to rely on those around us in order to help us move forward.