The Damaging “Intentions” of The Wolf of Wall Street

I first watched The Wolf of Wall Street in theaters as a 15 year-old 10th grader with my mom and 13 year-old 8th grade sister. Needless to say none of us moved an inch until the credits rolled. The first thing my mom told me was “Ok so don’t tell your father I brought youContinue reading “The Damaging “Intentions” of The Wolf of Wall Street”

100 words or less: Oasis Review

I was too comfortable in “acceptable” notions of love until I watched Oasis. The heart-wrenching tale chronicles the growing romantic relationship between Jong-Du Hong, an intellectual challenged young man recently released from prison, and Gong-ju Han, a young woman living with cerebral palsy. I want to fully say “I love their love” but like otherContinue reading “100 words or less: Oasis Review”

City of God [Film of the Week # 6]

Brazil, the 1960s, samba music, and uncut violence. City of God is a film which moves like the ocean. At times, it’s calm and innocent offering an adventurous depiction of life told from the overlooked and (globally) peripheralized perspective of poor Black youth. But most of the time the film is unabashedly candid and roughContinue reading “City of God [Film of the Week # 6]”

100 words or less: La Chinoise [Jean-Luc Godard, 1967]

La Chinoise is a film where the ideologies shared by the film’s leads aren’t necessarily the ideologies promoted by the film. The film isn’t wholly calling to overthrow capitalism, despite how pervasive this thought is in the film, but is righteously critiquing the manner in which the French left, with their infatuation with rising communistContinue reading “100 words or less: La Chinoise [Jean-Luc Godard, 1967]”

The Simple Complexity of My Neighbor Totoro

As the first part of the title suggests, My Neighbor Totoro is an incredibly simple film. Two young girls, Mei and Satsuki, relocate with their father to a rural village in a beautifully sequestered home. For most of the film’s first half the high-energy and bubbly sisters explore their potentially haunted new house and aimlesslyContinue reading “The Simple Complexity of My Neighbor Totoro”

Oscars 2020: Who Were the Snubs?

I’m not too estactic with the 2020 Oscar nominations. While most to all nominees are deserving of credit in their respective category, The Academy could have very easily diversified the noms with the incredible year of film they were tasked in recognizing. I use the term diverse not only in suggestion to the identities ofContinue reading “Oscars 2020: Who Were the Snubs?”

My Favourite 100 Films of the Decade (2010-2019)

I should preface that I absolutely love reading ranked lists of practically anything but despise making them myself. There is no way I could quantify and rank my love for these next 100 films. At some point in time, most of them were my favourite films at the time of their release. Nonetheless, I triedContinue reading “My Favourite 100 Films of the Decade (2010-2019)”

Introducing Filmagra

For anyone still out there, if you remember me, I am back once again to take another swing at the blogosphere. 4therace was truly my home in my later years of high school. When I started this website as an incredibly anxious and lost 15-year old, I simply wanted a space to spew my energyContinue reading “Introducing Filmagra”

‘She’s Gotta Have It’ [1986] Breaking Black Stereotypes in Film

Black people can be superheroes — thank you T’Challa — they can be love interests or the leading actor of a major blockbuster flick. Black characters can be layered and complex as exemplified in Spike Lee’s first feature-length film, She’s Gotta have It.