“The Iron Lady”

The film opens with the most fragile, soft-spoken, elderly woman buying milk at a corner deli. She is shocked by the price. Following her home, we realize soon enough that she is not only fragile, but very dependent. The woman has dementia and keeps herself afloat by imagining her life is as it once was. Her…

Classy Beer & Peruvian Fare at La Cerveceria

Owning a restaurant in Manhattan is, to say the least, a precarious business. Starting a restaurant off a blank page is a daring venture in such an unpredictable place. After a fairly mind-blowing meal in restauranteur Kyle Saliba’s new specialty beer and tapas bar, I developed a whole new appreciation for daredevils. He explained how La Cerveceria came…

J. Edgar: Making History With History

John Edgar Hoover founded the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which, among other things led the United States into a new era of surveillance. He is portrayed, by all accounts, as having been completely consumed by his career, though this may have been due to the unbearable oppression he faced as a gay man in Washington…

“Beginners” Confront The End in Fear / Stall Death With Love

Ewan McGregor plays things so gentle, that it is nearly impossible not to empathize with his characters. In Beginners, he plays a protagonist who confronts quite a lot at once, and relatively later in life: death, true love, profound sadness, existential anxiety, the fear of dying alone, the fear of staying with someone he doesn’t…

The Brilliant Star: Michelle Williams in “My Week With Marilyn”

Michelle Williams stars in a movie where she is sidelined by the plot- how did that happen? No one involved would ever admit it, but she is the sugar, the cherry, the charm, even the star, but playing Marilyn Monroe is viewed as an ornamental project. The irony here is extreme: a biopic film has been…

Albert Nobbs: “A Woman Passing…” or Succeeding in a Cruel World

ALBERT NOBBS is the story of a man. Is it? Is that what matters? The film is summarized as follows on the film’s official web-page: “Award winning actress Glenn Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland.” This is true, simple. Still, throughout the film,…

Oh, Look! There Are White Heteronormative People Starring in A Woody Allen Film And It Has Been Nominated For An Oscar

Midnight in Paris is a beautiful, delicious, sexy film with a sweet cast. The plot is led straight from beginning to end without a struggle. It is interesting and breezy. That said, it’s absolutely usual and palatable. There’s adultery, psychoanalysis-worthy monogamy issues, wealth, surveillance, awkward parental units, blame-the-maid antics posing as class war commentary, and…

The Clothes Come On: Documenting Butt Naked’s Redemption

  Re·demp·tion (noun) 1.an act of redeeming  or the state of being redeemed. 2.deliverance; rescue. 3.Theology . deliverance from sin; salvation. 4.atonement for guilt.   General Butt Naked Murderer, sadist, cannibal, Liberian tribal leader, devil worshipper, religious advisor, criminal, father, husband, Christian, redeemer. To be redeemed, one must be devoted to deliverance from the sins they have committed, so as to keep them forever in the past. Joshua Milton Blahyi is better known…

“Natural Selection” is a Feminist Feat

NATURAL SELECTION is a feminist film: there’s a lady protagonist on a mission that involves quite a lot more than her body and the journey sets her free of all social restraints, even the need for love. She is strong, without self-pity, and proactively seeks out pleasure and accomplishment without being punished for it. While…

Hunger at The Leopard

Stepping into The Leopard at des Artistes from the chilly, quiet sidewalk is a serious New York experience. The lively scents, the bustling and confident white-shirts, the candlelight with the classic peeking nudes resident Howard Chandler Christy painted in a luscious garden of earthly and earthy delights- that is The Leopard at what once was Cafe des Artistes. I…