13 Year-Old Twin Movie Critics On Oscar Noms and The Selma Snub

16 Jan

Flack (Dylan Itkin) and Flick (Ethan Itkin) of flickandflackmovietalk.com

Flack (Dylan Itkin) and Flick (Ethan Itkin) of flickandflackmovietalk.com

I often watch the Oscars with my friend, Anisa Raoof,  now Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, and always tell her that her 13 year-old twin boys, Dylan and Ethan Itkin, are going to be up on that stage one day collecting their Oscars.

It seems ever since pre-school, Dylan and Ethan have been into movies–watching them,  reviewing them, and critiquing them.  They’ve now grown into writing screenplays, and making and directing their own films with neighborhood friends.  I remember a few years back Anisa pointing out the stack of books beside the boys’ beds–encyclopedia thick volumes by film critics, Roger Ebert and others, and her telling how they can’t wait to wake up on Sundays to be the first ones to grab the Sunday NY Times movie reviews.  These boys are serious, and they can talk to adults for hours on end about all aspects of film making and film content.

Four years ago, with the help of their parents, Anisa and Doug–Doug, a computer techie and photographer, started their own movie review blog: flick flack movie talk.  On the blog you’ll find expertly written movie reviews, lists of favorite genre films, a book-to-film page, links to resources in the film industry, and the famous Flick Flack rating system of  0 – 10 fingers and toes (because a two thumbs up was not distinctive enough:)

To give you an example of how in-the-know I think these boys are, I came to their site last night after striking up a twitter conversation with Kimberly Foster, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of the renowned blog, For Harriet, a multi-faceted platform for black women’s storytelling and journalism.  Ms. Foster and I were going back and forth discussing the Selma snub, or why the film didn’t receive Best Director of Best Acting Oscar nominations.  We both had seen word on Facebook of the film’s DVD not being sent to the Writers Guild, and an article on deadlines for all the various guilds’ and Oscar voting deadlines, which to me were confusing and somewhat vague.

Then I thought, if anyone is going to know about this, Dylan and Ethan will, and so I visited their site last night at midnight, and sure enough they had information on the voting process, the DVD’s being screened, and more importantly, their personal views on the Selma snub and what that says about the Oscars and the film industry.

I was impressed with the depth of their insight and opinions on the matter, at such a young age, to what had the “grown-up world” of black, white and brown folks, especially on twitter, all abuzz. I was also heartened that two young white boys have it in their consciousness to consider race, and the implications of race and inclusion both within in the film industry and beyond.

Please take the time to read here, Flack’s blog post on the Oscar nominations, including the Selma snub, as well as his posts on the Oscar predictions, and his film review of Selma.  You can show support for Flick and Flack by leaving comments on their blog.  I’m sure they would love to hear from new readers.  Thank you:


Flack on the Oscar nominations and Selma snub:


Flack’s 2015 Oscar Predictions:


Flack’s Review of the film, Selma:


(Flick) Ethan and (Flack) Dylan with with one of their biggest idols.

(Flick) Ethan and (Flack) Dylan with with one of their biggest idols.




 13 year-old twin boys talking about film.


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2015 Providence Children’s Film Festival runs from 2/12/15 – 1/22/15 in Providence, RI

PCFF presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema to inspire, delight, educate, and connect a diverse community of children and families from Rhode Island and throughout New England.

3 Responses to “13 Year-Old Twin Movie Critics On Oscar Noms and The Selma Snub”

  1. Sherry Gordon January 16, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    Dear Wendy Jane,

    Hi, there, my dearest, precious, and sweet white and Jewish sisterfriend, Wendy Jane! I love this super and inspirational blog post article of yours, as well as your other astounding and empowering ones, sister! I am so inspired and so, so very impressed with these wonderful twin boys!!!!! Wow, do they have such attuned and spectacular insight!!!!!! They have such great wisdom at such a young age! I, too, think they will make good when they are adults and that they we will be seeing them on the awards show someday winning their well earned and well deserved awards!!!!! Dylan and Ethan are just the greatest, and so are his wonderful parents, Anisa and Doug!!!!! I love how these young people as so brilliant and sensitively aware as these twins are give me such hope for our future and for our other young people!!!!! These twin boys have just left me with such a sparkling and inspired feeling. Wendy Jane, this magnificent blog post article of yours has just made my day, and made my Friday even brighter, sisterfriend!

    I am so saddened and disappointed at the movie Selma’s snub as well. I have not yet seen it but I still know how egregiously unfair and wrong this snub is, sister. My local sisterfriend has not confirmed with me yet, but I may be going with her tomorrow to see Selma-I hope that she confirms with me soon and that we can go to see this splendid and empowering movie tomorrow. Sister, I will let you know of my impressions and observations of Selma when I do see it. I just can’t wait-I am filled with such eager anticipation to see Selma, sister! I, too, am disappointed in how there were not a lot of white women and not a lot of black women and other nonwhite women, and also how there were no persons of color nominated for these prestigious awards. Wendy Jane!!!!!! This is so, so very wrong and just outrageous! I still have hope and faith, though, that this will not continue in future years-I have the utmost confidence that things can and will get better and to become more equitable, sister!

    Wendy Jane, my Friday is even that much brighter because of your super blog post article, and reading about these sagacious and so full of talented potential twin boys, and reading about all of the other marvelous people! Please have a very nice, special, and a blessed Very Happy Friday, my sisterfriend!!!!!! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you For Always, my sweet white sister, Wendy Jane, for you and for all you do so, so very well in such a gracious and a generous manner, sisterfriend!!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my sister, and Blessings and even More Blessings To You For Always, my sisterfriend, Wendy Jane,

    Your lesbian black sisterfriend For Always in solidarity, Sherry Gordon

    • Wendy Jane January 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Sherry,

      As always, thanks for reading! And, thanks for your feedback–they are amazing, aren’t they–Dylan and Ethan? And, yes, I should have mentioned how wonderful Anisa and Doug are for raising their boys to be curious and aware and inclusive of many points-of-views.

      Yes, I share in your dismay in the opposite point-of-view of the Academy that is not inclusive of representing the diversity of films and film makers out there. Please let me know when you see Selma, and your thoughts on the film.

      Happy weekend to you!

      Wendy Jane

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