Empathy, Lust and Love: “The Sessions”

After seeing “The Sessions”, I was left wondering about the actual purpose of love in some people’s lives. It often leaves us feeling elated, then broken or nervous to a state of insecurity, then in pieces that need to be picked up fast so that we can survive from day to day. Love doesn’t feed,…

‘The Dalloway’ Opens in SoHo

The Dalloway in SoHo is the perfect place to go on a cold, rainy, windy winter night in NYC. I mean the kind of night when you really can’t imagine walking, putting on pants (or whatever) and stepping outside, not even to see your closest, dearest people for a drink and more deliciousness- The Dalloway, once tasted,…

“The Impossible” Horror of Reality

On December 26th, 2004, thousands of families who had come to vacation in various coastal resorts around the luxurious South Pacific began their day like any other in what, by all accounts, exists as a paradise on Earth. Would they go diving, snorkle, or stay in bed enjoying the sunshine and ocean view from their windows?…

On Realism and Telling History: “Lincoln”

Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a story molded out of cold facts and softened by clever anecdotal interludes between Lincoln and his advisors (vice president, wife, and the people who look after his household). Of course Abraham Lincoln is so well-known to most audience members that the historical backdrop is easily set, allowing the storyline to progress from…

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” & The Girl

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” is a modern fairytale. Modern because it is about a fiercely strong little girl, which is not at all common, and fairytale-like because it is the story of how she comes into contact with unimaginably fantastical struggles. The protagonist, Hushpuppy, tends to hogs, chickens, gators, cats and dogs, coexisting in…

“Elementary”: About One Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson

In the rarest of cases, I get very attached to TV shows. If I really like a show, I find it terribly frustrating to wait for a whole week to see what happens next. To prevent that stressor from affecting me in day-to-day life, I usually ignore the hype (or lack thereof…) and file away…