The hard way? Get crackin’ on the Criterion Collection. The easier way? Be an expert on three canonized films, familiarize yourself with last year’s TIFF breakouts and, for a dash of lowbrow, develop a very strong opinion about a current popcorn-burning smash. That should cover history, current events, and pop culture. In other words, we’re binging our way through Citizen Kane, Nosferatu, To Kill a Mockingbird, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, and Wonder Woman.
You could also read our review of Get Out, which, if we live in a just world, is going to clean up at this year’s Oscars.