Snow Day in Brooklyn!

This afternoon I filled my travel mug with coffee, laced up my snow boots and walked around Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn. This is what I saw: The buildings are old and lovable with their many shades of weathered red brick, fortressed in by high, steep, often crumbling front steps and scraggly branched…

Walking Through Blizzard Juno in Central Park

Yesterday the city of New York was wrapped up in a blanket of giddy cheer because almost every municipal worker, chain shop keeper, and commuter knew they were going to be home, in snow-globe like surroundings until Wednesday. Mayor De Blasio granted the first snow day of the year and since the announcement came at…

In Consideration of ‘The Honorable Woman’

In terms of aesthetic appeal and watchability, ‘The Honorable Woman’ is worth watching- it is a pleasure to behold. The story is framed still as a meditation and loud as a thumping heart to your ear. Watching means plunging deeper and deeper into the undercurrent of a plot that extends beyond the reaches of the…

The Cinematic Journey: ‘Birdman’

I often find myself wrapped up in writing about Story in film. I like Story. I get into the grit and value of the feels of movies- the way they play emotions and the way writers employ outside influences. Sometimes, though, there’s a story that screams cinema beyond interests of plot and dialogue- pacing and…

Suffering Your Art: ‘Whiplash’

Stories about artists struggling to reach success are often sympathetic to the artist. They’re usually focused completely on the false pretense that harsh challenges met on the road to being successful are acutely unfair and that they are comparable to simply standing up for oneself by telling the supposed enemy to back down. That’s the…

‘The Judge’: Fathers and Sons

“I saw him in you” “I saw you in him” The house of mirrors that is every story about fathers and sons in America grips American audiences like nothing else (for better or worse). ‘The Judge’ stars Robert Duvall as the well-respected judge in a small midwestern town and Robert Downey Jr. as his big…

On ‘The Theory of Everything’

There is a long history of biographical films about important thinkers and celebrities that at best obscure the role of the people who supported them in their rise to fame. In the 2014 Stephen Hawking biopic, there is a brilliantly equalized focus on Hawking and Jane Wilde, his first wife. The script was based on…

‘Still Alice’ and the Empathetic Eye

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. There are currently 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and a new patient is diagnosed every 67 seconds. Given the striking number of families this disease affects, the discussion about a cure and preventative methods is…

The Extraordinary Debut: Dan Gilroy’s ‘Nightcrawler’

* Spoiler alert Awards season 2015 is brimming with brazenly self-aware stories. Well, no one can say such a thing about mediums on media with 100% certainty because filmmakers so often make the “it’s just a movie” claim like they had no intentions or responsibility about influencing public consciousness about social issues whatsoever, but I’d…

History’s Mistakes: The Story of Alan Turing

Above all the other reasons I have for appreciating this biographical film, the first and foremost is that it arrived at a time in which people are beginning to awaken to the possibilities of losing personal freedoms. Alan Turing, the man responsible for building the world’s first modern computer, took his own life two weeks…