Author: Katherine B. Shelor

How Will the New Oscar Rules Affect Nominees for Best Animated Feature?

This past Friday, the Academy announced some changes to its rules for Oscars eligibility and participation. In particular, multi-part documentaries are now not eligible for consideration, and the requirements for participation in the committee that determines the Best Animated Feature nominees have been relaxed such that its members will no longer be mostly people with experience (past or present) in the field of animation. Since the new rules were published, there has been speculation about their effects on the awards. Josh Spiegel at /Film and Scott Feinberg at the Hollywood Reporter agree on the potential effects to the Best...

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The Inimitable Singin’ in the Rain: 65 Years Later

Nine years ago, I was in my last semester of college and had just started dating the guy who would eventually become my husband. We were at that stage in our relationship where any moment not spent together was a moment wasted, and so we often attended each other’s large lecture classes in order to hold hands under the desk and write notes to each other in the margins of our notebooks. And learn, too, of course. He sat with me in my Greek and Roman Mythology fluff course, and I sat with him in his film class. And...

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Weekly Clickables: IT, Global Warming, and Bollywood

In our Weekly Clickables this week, we have no theme–just a collection of interesting content from fellow movie-lovers. First, The Guardian shared the trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel, which, you will not be shocked to learn, is the sequel to Al Gore’s 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Next, I discovered that there is an entire site devoted to writing about and reporting on silent film, and in their news section they highlight some really interesting features about early film, as well as an upcoming Blu-Ray collection of early movies by female filmmakers. Be sure to check out Movies Silently for yourself. NPR interviewed Emil...

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Weekly Clickables: Beauty and the Beast & Female-Centric Cinema

In our Weekly Clickables this week, we have meltdowns, a look at the upcoming Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale, and a focus on women in lead roles. NPR posted some highlights from an interview with Christina Ricci about her role as Zelda Fitzgerald in Z: The Beginning of Everything. The Independent discusses the relevance of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which has been adapted into an original series now on Hulu. There have been plenty of “meh” reviews of Beauty and the Beast, so here’s a more positive review from The Muse that takes into account the effect of nostalgia on our experience...

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Uncertain Plumbs For Answers To Universal Questions

Overview: A documentary about Uncertain, Texas, a tiny town on the border between Texas and Louisiana where an invasive weed is threatening the way of life. The film follows three men trying to make it in—or out—of Uncertain. Lucid; 2015; Not Rated; 82 minutes. Boggy: As Uncertain begins, it’s easy to question whether you’ve (once again) made a mistake and turned on a horror movie when you meant to watch a documentary. Scenes of a swamp at night, cicadas at full volume in the background, a deer carcass being drained of its blood, a fisherman searching in the dark—these...

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