The new year started with the exciting news that actor-phenom Timothée Chalamet will play folk icon Bob Dylan in a biopic directed by James Mangold. The film supposedly will focus on Dylan’s transition from folk to rock music.
I will be the first to admit that I have not seen the most movies about journalism, especially ones made before the 21st century. However, it is without doubt one of my favorite genres to watch, especially when done well. Well-crafted dialogue, a sharp attention to detail and charming characters are hallmarks of the genre.
What makes a bad movie? When thinking about this question, I like to contemplate a variety of factors. I consider how bad the acting is, how underdeveloped story is, and how often the director disrespects the audience’s intelligence.
I also like to think about how true the movie is to its intended genre. Is the horror movie scary? Is the comedy funny? Sure, these are subjective standards. What I find funny, you may not and vice versa. However, I think the true test of how bad a movie is depends on how you react during the film. Are you constantly checking the time on your phone? Does it take multiple viewings to get through the movie?
The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced yesterday. All in all, I do not have too many qualms with the academy’s choices. My issue comes more so with the fact that the Oscars were moved up nearly a month, and the lack of consideration for movies to release before the Fall. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, only Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opened before September.
November may be nearly over, but there is still time for you to see some great films that released this month. All these films will surely be in contention for multiple Academy Awards. America’s dad—Tom Hanks—is looking to bolster his already exception resume. Scorsese once again establishes himself as the best director around, crafting another mob masterpiece. Christian Bale and Matt Damon prove to be one of the best duos of the year. Finally, A24 produces another work of art with an endlessly talented cast, proving why they are a force to be reckoned with. Here are four November releases that you must see.
Imagine this: The White House roof has been covered in solar panels, which capture the sun’s energy to heat water used inside. Legislation has been passed to clean up America’s hazardous waste sites. Instead of offering up land to destructive mining operations, national parks and wildlife refuges are being created to preserve its wilderness.
It may sound like a futuristic fantasy, but these were the programs being implemented in the late 1970s during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
The Aichi Biodiversity Targets were meant to craft a roadmap towards establishing an “enriching society in harmony with nature.” Unfortunately, even though the strategy was set to expire this year, little action has been taken to meet the targets described by the agreement.
Black ant guacamole. Grasshopper tacos and cricket quesadillas. Silkworm cookies and mealworm brownies. The menu appeared to be out of a fictional story, but insect-chef Joseph Yoon of Brooklyn Bugs was quite serious as he described the unique and vivid flavors each insect would bring to the dishes we were preparing at UW-Madison’s “Swarm to Table: Cooking with Insects Workshop.”