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The Bounce Back

It’s taken me a little bit of time to recover from the Cavs’ devastating play-in loss to the Hawks. In a game that looked like a sure win, with Cleveland’s lead ballooning throughout the entirety of the first half, we were quickly sobered as the team fell back to earth in the minutes that mattered […]

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Raj’s Favorite Movies of 2021

2021 has quickly come and gone, which means it’s once again time to break down my favorite movies from the year. In the past, I’ve often found myself saying things like “this year in film was so good” and “I had trouble narrowing my list down to 25.” That was strangely not the case with […]

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Your Name. and the Beauty of Vulnerability

“Every now and then, when I wake up, I find myself crying. I can never recall the dream I just had, but the sensation that I’ve lost something lingers for a long time. I’m always searching for something…for someone.” I vividly remember seeing Your Name. for the first time when it was released in U.S. […]

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2021 Oscar Predictions

Best Picture: Nomadland Achievement in Directing: Chloe Zhao, Nomadland Actor in a Leading Role: Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Actor in a Supporting Role: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah Actress in a Leading Role: Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman Actress in a Supporting Role: Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari Original Screenplay: Lee Isaac Chung, […]

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Raj’s Favorite Movies of 2020

2020 was a weird year. As the world worked to adapt to the pandemic, the film industry was upended in a drastic way. Theaters shut down and release dates were shot into limbo. Some studios attempted to revitalize the big screen experience (although most were met with tepid response) while others sold their inventory to […]

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Final 2020 Oscar Predictions

Best Picture: Parasite Director: Sam Mendes, 1917 Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker Actress in a Leading Role: Renée Zellweger, Judy Actor in a Supporting Role: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Actress in a Supporting Role: Laura Dern, Marriage Story Original Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Wong, Parasite Adapted […]

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Kobe Bryant Taught Us How to be Great

I think it would be an understatement to say the past few days have been tough. I feel it. Many of you have felt it. The entire world has felt it. We all cope with tragedy in different ways. Often times, we try to cut ourselves off from it. We make an effort to get […]

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2020 Oscar Nominee Predictions

Hi all! I just wanted to throw up some Oscar nominee predictions prior to Monday’s official announcement. I listed who I thought might get in, plus an alternative that could take one of those spots. Additionally, I did not predict a chunk of the craft categories, because I in no way feel qualified enough to […]

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Raj’s Favorite Movies of the Decade (2010-2019)

50. Jiro Dreams of Sushi 49. The Town 48. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 47. About Time 46. The End of the Tour 45. Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi 44. Creed 43. The Social Network 42. Moonlight 41. Brooklyn 40. Good Time 39. Stronger 38. A Ghost Story […]

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Raj’s Favorite Movies of 2019

It feels like I say this each and every time I make one of these lists, but this year was genuinely a very special one for movies. There was so much incredible art put out by such a wide variety of filmmakers. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much trouble picking my favorites, and […]