2019 GRAMMYs Recap

Allegedly, last night was Music’s Biggest Night. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles; decked out with explosive performances, surprisingly solid results, and tributes galore, the Grammys delivered a formidable telecast despite the lack of major superstars. THE AWARDS Kacey Musgraves’ gorgeous Golden Hour was awarded the top prize (Album of the Year), while Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” took home Song of the … Continue reading 2019 GRAMMYs Recap

GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Taking Home Album of the Year?

This year is going to be full of surprises. Every category in the General Field (Best New Artist; Album/Record/Song of the Year) has been expanded from five to eight nominees. In past years, we could rely on traditional voting patterns to make strong predictions. Now, this expansion of the field, coupled with the increased blurring of genre lines, makes accurate predictions infinitely harder. Still worth … Continue reading GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Taking Home Album of the Year?

GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Winning In the Rap Categories?

Best Rap Performance The nominees: “Be Careful” (Cardi B); “Nice for What” (Drake); “Bubblin’” (Anderson .Paak); “King’s Dead” (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake); “SICKO MODE” (Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk) As much as I adore Anderson .Paak and his effervescent single, “Bubblin’,” I think it’s safe to say that he will not be taking home a Grammy in this category. With … Continue reading GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Winning In the Rap Categories?

2019 Oscars Reactions: 10 Snubs & Surprises

SURPRISE: Roma overperforms Netflix’s ROMA ties with The Favorite for the most nominations for a single film this year with 10 each. While ROMA was expected to score well in the below-the-line categories (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, etc.), it also broke through in marquée categories. With nods for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Best Director, we are looking at history for foreign language films … Continue reading 2019 Oscars Reactions: 10 Snubs & Surprises

3 Biggest Takeaways from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Late last night (or early this morning, depending on your timezone), Netflix released the fifth installment of the critically-acclaimed anthology series, Black Mirror. A macabre rumination of technology and interpersonal human relationships, Black Mirror is a series that quickly captivated fans around the world with its dark humor and ingenuity. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is essentially a choose-your-own-adventure interactive ninety-minute special. The viewer controls a series of commands ranging from … Continue reading 3 Biggest Takeaways from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

2018 Emmys Predictions in Six Key Categories

We’re roughly three weeks away from the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The awards, given out in recognition of excellence in television, are always fun to watch and predict. In addition, in the era of peak T.V., any person is bound to have multiple favorites vying for a golden statue in a given category. In this piece, I’ll break down my thoughts on the six … Continue reading 2018 Emmys Predictions in Six Key Categories

The 5 Best Shows of Summer 2018

In the era of peak T.V., it is to feel lost in the deluge of new and returning shows. Whether it’s basic cable, premium channels, or streaming services: great television and greater stories are everywhere. I considered making this list double, and even triple, its final length, but I’ll keep it short. These are the five summer television shows you must absolutely see before the … Continue reading The 5 Best Shows of Summer 2018