I feel like this is a theme that I won’t do well with. The thing is I don’t necessarily like period dramas. There are a few that I do enjoy, one of them being my all time favourite but I don’t necessarily turn to them. We’ve had this genre in different formats over the years, horror themed as well as television themed so I should be alright. Though confessing right away that I don’t remember two of my period dramas at all. I’m sorry about that!
First of all, yes, I’ve discovered Kpop. Second of all, yes I’m very new to this and currently sticking to one group only. That group being iKON! A group of six members (previously 7) that I discovered through Bobby, one of their members, who released his second studio album Lucky Man in January. On that is a song called U MAD that I randomly stumbled onto in mid March (thank you, Youtube). So long story short, I’m now a fan of iKON and I already spent the entire April listening to their albums. Therefore I figured I’d share seven iKON songs I’m obsessed with at the moment.
Another month and another Oscar edition is coming your way. This week I wanted to pick movies and Best Director winners that I like. But also I wanted wins that have a bigger importance so these are all historic moments. Two of them happened just recently and one sparked an interesting streak of wins. Anyway let’s get started.
Some of you might have noticed that there was no post on Friday, the last day of April. Even though I had it all planned out, life just chucked its challenges at me and I wasn’t able to finish watching all Keira Knightley’s movies. And you know what? I’m fine with it. Despite the fact that sticking to my own schedule is something of a goal of mine these days. Anyway, two days late but trying not to make it into a habit. Without further ado, it’s time for Keira Knightley to shine!
So tired I’m not even show how to function. Therefore I figured I was going for a title and Youtube video only this week but then I remembered, I actually have made a post similar to this theme TV Score and/or Theme Song. So if this sounds familiar, it’s because I copy-pasted my 2020 post called Top 5 TV-Show Theme Songs That I’m Currently Obsessed With. This list still counts because I like all these songs still. Anyway, these are theme songs I liked a year ago and still do. (Thank god, I didn’t have the brain power to think of anything new to say this week…)
Here we go again! I don’t think I’ve ever been so aware of an Oscar season before while having technically no interest in it. I’m rooting for my favourites and hope that some history is made but otherwise it’s a strange award season. It’s hard to be excited after a year we’ve had… what’s the point even. Anyway, today I’m looking at five movies nominated for the Film Editing Oscar. While editing is an essential part of film making, I’m not very well versed with this technical side. Though I can tell when the editing seamlessly tells a story that not only surprises but also excites you. There are a few here that have that type of film editing… at least for me.
The 2021 Oscar nominees for Best Director are Lee Isaac Chung (Minari), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), David Fincher (Mank), Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round), and Chloé Zhao (Nomadland). As of this very moment when I haven’t really dwelled on who should win this category, I have no idea. I only know that while I adore Fincher’s work, Mank is not the movie that should bring him his first Oscar. Also, I’m conflicted to root for a female director here because this could be historic and amazing! But… I think… and I almost feel strange for saying this… I think I’m rooting for someone (slightly) surprising instead.
It feels like the only way I can tell the difference between weeks is thanks to Thursday Movie Picks. Days fall into one and the stress of the entire year and a month on top is truly getting to me now. Work is not easy at the moment either which is just an added stress on top. BUT that is not what we are talking about today, we are talking about psychological Thrillers! I for one am not the biggest fan of these movies but when one clicks I love it a lot. Psychological thriller isn’t just something I look out for on purpose though. Anyway, I thought of this theme and I figured I’d pick three movies without even looking at Google for help. So if they don’t really fit the theme… blame the stress. I’m sure it’s at fault somehow.
I’ve always struggled with expressing my love and admiration towards things I love. Being critical is always somehow easier and I guess that’s why this is the first time I’m writing about Sound of Metal on my blog. Yes, my 2020 favourite movie and I haven’t mentioned it once here on Mettel Ray. I’ve praised it on Letterboxd though, so at least there’s that. But today I wanted to devour this Oscar nominated movie for Lamb and see how far I can go with praising Sound of Metal.
This week was a bit of a difficult theme for me. Not just because there aren’t many female cinematographers in the main stream but because I hardly know cinematographers. It’s a name I don’t pay much attention to, it’s a name that doesn’t get a lot of attention. So this week when I was looking into these movies (very late and close to midnight, again being super late with my post) I wanted a mix of picks for this week. Here are three movies that have female cinematographers working with various projects. By highlighting the importance of these women I’ll not only show stills from their work but also themselves.