A Film Columnist’s Sign-Off: Farewell, Claremont

The past three years, I have written film reviews, commentaries on the changing film landscape, and annual Oscar predictions. There have been some fundamental changes within the film industry and elements of slow but concrete progress. For my final TSL column before leaving Claremont, I thought I would reflect on

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‘Chappaquiddick’ Shows An Old Kennedy Trope And A New Family Mystery

“Chappaquiddick,” the newest installment of Kennedy family history put on film, gives an account of the true, yet still misunderstood events that occurred June 18, 1969 on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. The film plays a balancing act of ’60s nostalgia, privilege critique, and moral drama — quite effectively taken on by

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Is Netflix Taking Over The Movie Industry Through Your Computer Screen?

  Who doesn’t enjoy a late-night Netflix session to catch up on “Stranger Things,” re-watch “Friends” for the 20th time, or catch some feels with “Moana?” But, have you ever watched a Netflix original movie? The first-ever Netflix feature film was released Dec. 12, 2013 — a documentary titled “The

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The ‘First-Ever’ Rom-Com With Gay Protagonists, ‘Love, Simon’: A Needed, Imperfect Film

  “Love, Simon” opens, as many others, with a “typical teenager” going through high school. “I have a totally, perfectly normal life,” Simon, the protagonist, says. “Except I have one huge-ass secret.” Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) loves his family and their Netflix nights, has supportive (stereotypically suburbanite millennial) friends, and

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Will Win, Should Win, And Snubbed: Our Oscar Predictions

  Hollywood has had a year of reckoning, complicity, and unified strength. Articles about sexual harassment and widespread systematic cover-ups overshadowed stories about box office grosses, the next Disney remake, or even those about a continued lack of diversity in stories, casts, production teams, and, increasingly, audiences. The Oscars are

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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’: Nothing But Tremendously Acted Pain and Suffering

CW: Mentions of sexual assault and harassment, police brutality One of the most talked-about films this season, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” opens in a fictional town seven months after 17-year-old Angela Hayes is murdered near her rural home by an unknown assailant. Confusion ensued as I tried to figure

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Watch “Victoria & Abdul” for Judi Dench, Not Compelling Colonial Critique

  An unlikely friendship between the second-longest reigning monarch of Britian and an Indian Muslim servant in “Victoria and Abdul,” directed by Stephen Frears, provides an exhilarating backdrop for an otherwise underwhelming, even disappointing, retrospect on British court, Empire, and the beginnings of diaspora. Following “A United Kingdom” and “Viceroy’s House” in the

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