Weekly Round-Up #11: 1/13-1/19

Weekly Round-Up

In the midst of awards season, there is a never-ending barrage of new trailers, new predictions for award winners, and (maybe?) a new Oscars host.

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Trailer

I cannot wait to see Velvet Buzzsaw, a film which once more brings together Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and director Dan Gilroy. Their last collaboration, Nightcrawler (2014), is a favorite of mine, and I look forward to seeing the three work together again. Velvet Buzzsaw focuses on a series of paintings that somehow have the power to commit murder. As strange as it sounds, I’m sure it will be as haunting, dark, and enthralling as Nightcrawler was.


I assumed that after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars, soon after the decision was first announced, the Academy would soon find someone else to take his place. However, as time progresses, and the awards show rapidly approaches (it takes place Feb. 24), it seems more and more likely the Oscars won’t have a host at all. The Academy has not confirmed anything as of yet, but there are rumors. If the Oscars proceed without a host, it would be the first time in decades and the show would do away with its famous opening monologue. In this article, the New York Times’ Carpetbagger (awards season columnist) discusses the impact of not having a host.

Tidying Up

I know “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” technically came out a month ago, I’m continually fascinated by it. Kondo is the author of the 2012 bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which encourages readers to clean out their home by saving only items that spark joy. In the Netflix show, it appears, Kondo appears in the U.S. to impart the same message in person and help families that are struggling. It’s a more spiritual and philosophical message than that displayed on other cleaning shows, and I’m curious to see how Kondo will affect the relationship Americans have with their stuff.

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