Your 2013 Academy Awards Reading List!

This Sunday is the Academy Awards which, while increasingly tedious and irrelevant, still has a major impact on the kinds of movies that we’re able to see in theaters. Let’s at least hope no one... Read more »

An Illustrated Tribute to Beasts of the Southern Wild's Hushpuppy

This Sunday, we’ll find out if nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis will be the youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. There are some... Read more »

Please Don't Let Flight Win Any Awards, Unless It's One For "Most Sexism"

“You put me in a broken plane!” wails Denzel Washington’s character, secret alcoholic pilot Whip Whitaker, in Flight, after crash-landing a malfunctioning 737. Replace “plane” with “movie,” and he’s exactly right. The ... Read more »

Why Don't Female Directors Get Nominated for Oscars? It's About Money, Money, Money.

In the 85-year-long history of the Academy Awards, only four women have been nominated for Best Director. That’s absurd.  This year, the 77 percent male, 94... Read more »

Silver Linings Playbook, Though Worthwhile, Tackles Mental Illness Without Subtlety

It’s not that Silver Linings Playbook fails at what it’s trying to do, exactly. It’s easy to see why the film racked up Oscar... Read more »

On Our Radar

Happy Leap Year Week! Sociological Images outlines how Leap Year Day was used as a day to ... Read more »

On Our Radar

Here’s what you missed while you were planning your Oscars party… At This Ain’t Livin’, s.e. smith wants to know where are all the disabled pop culture creators? Mother Jones has a ... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Howard "You Finally Wore Us Down with Your Douchiness" Stern

In an effort to cast a net beyond the sea of my own opinions (most of which involve reality television and hilarious animal photos) I asked for reader feedback on this week’s Douchebag Decree. The nominations were many, and all were deserving:... Read more »

The Biotic Woman: My Enviro-Oscars Roundup

Even before I did my stint in a graduate film program, I was a pretty big fan of the Academy Awards. Though I've gotten increasingly less glamorous in my old age, I still enjoy the consistency of the red carpet style. But in terms of the environmental effects of the Academy Awards, I can only shake... Read more »