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 Jeff York

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

If you’ve been following the Oscar-nominated animated shorts for the past few years, it will come as no surprise that this year’s crop of candidates includes some cute hand-drawn critters, edgy stop-motion entries from across the pond, and stories with enough pathos to tug at the hearts of old and young Academy members alike. What […]

 Jeff York

The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment

The Rarity of Rug-Pulls in the Modern Era of Entertainment

Pulling the rug out from under an audience is tricky work these days. We’ve all seen so many hours of entertainment, even the casual viewer has become well-versed in narrative structure, the tropes of Hollywood storytelling, and genre clichés. For a screenwriter, trying to write a screenplay that will surprise an often jaded audience becomes […]

 Carolina Groppa

Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them!

Carolina Groppa Explains Exactly What Film Producers Do. So Be Nice To Them!

For as long as the film industry has existed, so have producers. But so has the general public’s confusion about what producers actually do. It’s surprising how poorly it is understood given the importance of this high profile position. In a nutshell, a producer brings all the elements of a film together to create a […]

 Jeff York

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

The Academy Award nominations for 2020 have been announced, and naturally, there are plenty of omissions that have become a topic of heated debate. That happens every year as there are always oversights and snubs. It’s wise to remember all that goes into getting an Oscar nomination – it takes the right mix of acclaim, […]

 Jeff York

3 Major Plusses That Phoebe Waller-Bridge Could Bring to Bond 25

3 Major Plusses That Phoebe Waller-Bridge Could Bring to Bond 25

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is having quite the moment. In the past year, she’s scooped up awards all over the place for Fleabag and Killing Eve, the two British TV series she created in 2016 and 2018, respectively, including two Golden Globes for the former this past weekend. In April, No Time to Die, the 25th film […]