The Oak Leaf

“Birds of Prey”: A comic book movie made by and for women

February 11, 2020

“Birds of Prey” is a visually stunning thrill ride that revitalizes the comic book genre with kinetic and captivating fight scenes, inclusive and innovative political views and a killer soundtrack featuring mostly female artists.  Cathy Yan’s sec...

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won big at the 2020 Academy Awards, with his film

The Oscars: More than an awards show

February 11, 2020

When I think of my childhood, one thing that comes to mind is the Oscars.  Growing up, I would watch them while crammed on the couch with my mom. She loves movies. When I was younger, the famous actors and their pretty dresses fascinated me. As I got old...

Todd Philips' bleak and twisted portrait of the infamous Joker character's backstory and ultimate descent into madness is as compelling as it is tragic. Joaquin Phoenix's performace will stand as one of his best.

Gotham City’s beautiful dark twisted fantasy

October 9, 2019

Out of all the portrayals of Batman’s villain in the last 50 years, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the Joker is the best yet; it’s heartbreaking, bittersweet and sad, but in the best way possible.  Director Todd Phillips mentioned how this fi...

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