Posts By: Ella Peavler

“Fresh” Bites off More than it Can Chew

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“I love hot sauce. I literally just put it on every single thing I can find.” Anyone familiar with the messy world of online dating has heard this before, and “Fresh” knows it. Its opening scene features two strangers, a man and a woman, meeting for the first time over dinner. The woman, Noa, picks… Read more »

“Master” Explores Old Ideas in a New Setting

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Racism is horror. This is the idea behind creative masterpieces such as Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Bernard Rose’s “Candyman” (which later inspired Nia Dacosta’s 2021 spiritual remake). These films explore Black trauma through a generational lens, often coming to the same conclusion: nothing has changed. Whether it’s police violence or malicious tokenism from white… Read more »

Independent Films to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

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The Cannes Film Festival announced this year’s official selection of featured films for its 75th edition. Released on April 14, the lineup features the work of several independent filmmakers, several of which are among the 18 films competing for the highest prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or. Director Kelly Reichardt, best known for “Meek’s Cutoff”… Read more »

“Hi, Mom” and “Mama”: Dedicated to Every Ordinary but Great Mother

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In his short story collection “Puck of Pook’s Hill,” Rudyard Kipling said, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” There are many stories around the world that revolve around mothers. The Korean film “Wedding Dress,” the British film “Philomena,” and the American horror movie “Mama” are all stories with themes of mothers protecting and loving… Read more »

Denzel Washington broke his own Oscar Nominations record

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Critically acclaimed actor Denzel Washington was nominated for Best Actor ahead of the 94th Academy Awards for his leading role in Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth.” The nomination is his 10th, making Washington the most nominated Black actor in Academy Awards history and the seventh-most nominated actor of all time. Washington first broke into… Read more »

Interview:  Chinese Students Studying Film in the United States

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China’s film industry is undergoing a recent transformation to a more multicultural “Hollywood” model under the inevitable trend of globalization. In response to the growing demand for cultural diversity, more Chinese students are choosing to study film overseas to become film professionals familiar with both cultures. We invited two international students from China to share… Read more »