Best Picture Nominee Review Series: 2009 Roundup

The Reader reviewed by Megan Kearns “So often, we see a man playing the villainous role of a Nazi so it’s interesting to me that a woman embodies that role instead. Yet, I can’t shake the unease I feel with the portrayal. Hanna has no children, no family and never marries. This may not have […]

Best Picture Nominee Review Series: Milk

  I Need a Hero: Gus Van Sant’s Milk (2008) “My name is Harvey Milk, and I’m here to recruit you,” yells a nearly unrecognizable Sean Penn in a pivotal scene in Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk (2008). Wearing a tight red and white shirt and form-fitting slacks highlighting a noticeable bulge, Penn unnervingly inhabits […]