Thursday, October 19, 2017

A24 A-to-Z: #15. "Revenge of the Green Dragons" (2014)

Scene from Revenge of the Green Dragons
In case you didn't know, A24 is one of the great purveyors of modern cinema. Since 2013, the studio has found a way to innovate independent cinema by turning each release into an event. As a result, A24 A-to-Z will be an ongoing series that looks at every release from the studio by analyzing its production history, release, criticisms, and any awards attention that it might've received. Join me on a quest to explore the modern heroes of cinema by exploring every hit and miss that comes with that magnificent logo. They may not all be great, but they more than make A24 what it is and what it will hopefully continue to be for ears to come.

The "I, Tonya" Captures a Notorious Moment in Olympics History with Cattiness

Scene from I, Tonya

The presence of sports figures in everyday life are inevitable. There are a few that stand out as being excellent at their craft, turning it into a physical art form. However, there are those few who are remembered for the opposite reasons. Journeyman director Craig Gillespie has made a movie called I, Tonya, which chronicles the infamous career of Tonya Harding and the one event that made her a staple in Olympics history. The first teaser shows just how trashy and petty a movie about Harding should be. It doesn't give much, but it does have a ferocity that captures a potential Best Actress nominee in Margot Robbie. If nothing else, she sure looks the part.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Harvey Weinstein Now Removed From Oscars Membership

Harvey Weinstein
In case you haven't been paying attention, the era of Harvey Weinstein is over. Following an immediate removal from The Weinstein Company, the producer has been faced with dozens of allegations that symbolize decades of ugly patriarchy being abused in gross manners. I will not go into detail here, as that isn't the intent of this blog. However, I still believe that this is fair punishment for a man who abused his power in inappropriate ways, even sacrificing many actresses' careers because they didn't comply to his scuzzy behavior. While all of this is disgusting, there has been one fair punishment, which was announced last Saturday by The Academy: Weinstein is no longer a voting member.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Composing Greatness: #21. John Williams - "Empire of the Sun" (1987)

Scene from Empire of the Sun
Welcome to Composing Greatness: a column dedicated to exploring the work of film composers. This will specifically focus on the films that earned them Oscar nominations while exploring what makes it so special. This will be broken down into a look at the overall style, interesting moments within the composition, and what made the score worth nominating in the first place. This will also include various subcategories where I will rank the themes of each film along with any time that the composer actually wins. This is a column meant to explore a side of film that doesn't get enough credit while hopefully introducing audiences to an enriched view of more prolific composers' work. This will only cover scores/songs that are compiled in an easily accessible format (so no extended scores will be considered). Join me every Sunday as I cover these talents that if you don't know by name, you recognize by sound.