“International Student House is full of resident scholars from around the world who come to Washington to pursue incredible educational and career opportunities. While the majority of our time is spent studying and working at all hours of the day (residents can be found in the study room at 3pm or 3am), we all need a bit of a break, and some residents find enjoyment in films, specifically the top films of the year. With awards season officially upon us, it is only fitting that the library (i.e. TV room) be transformed into a screening room for the serious (or not so serious) ISH critic…”
We’re just three weeks away from the big day. The winners will soon be announced on the opposite coast. It’ll be a glitzy and glamours night and we honestly can’t wait to see photos. The Oscar jury aside, the verdict from our very own ISH residents is in. Last month, ISH movie buffs started screening Oscar nominated movies in the TV room. Here’s what our residents had to say about some of the movies they’ve watched:
Ralph Breaks the Internet IMDB rating and 89% rotten tomatoes rating, this animated movie goes beyond fun and entertainment. It has a strong message. A resident said “It was better than I expected it to be. I particularly loved the modern and contextual twist on Disney princesses.”
BlackKklansman This film has a high 95% rating on rotten tomatoes.
“Fascinating. This is an important part of history that we should all know.”
ISH critics argue that this film would have been better as a book. “Strong storyline and important subject, but the visuals don’t do justice to the story. The story takes long to develop. On the flip side, it’s a sparks a conversation and highlights how we as a society haven’t moved forward. We’re still grappling with issues of discrimination, intolerance and inequalities.”
Green Book 8.3/10 on IMDB and 81% on rotten tomatoes.
“This is the best movie ever. I’m rooting for Vigo Mortensen (Tony Lip, the cab driver in the film) to win best actor.” “The performances were powerful and so was the direction. Everything about the movie was spot on.”
We still have a long list of films to watch before the important night. And if anyone has any suggestions, get in touch with the informal ISH movie planning committee and get your popcorn ready!