The Indie Film World Reformation

"The indie theatrical release is dead" proclaimed Michael Kang, the indie film director of Kimberley Rose Wolters’s new feature-length romantic comedy "4 Weddings". In a Q&A session that was quickly overtaken by the current woes of the indie film industry, this was the most disconcerting comment made by Kang, Rose Wolters, or actress Iliana Douglass. Kang continued … Continue reading The Indie Film World Reformation

Ideas of Searching in ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

The first mistake a movie-goer can make is to assume that the way the story they came to see is going to be told in the only way it could have been told. This is particularly true of documentaries, because they are about, before all else, information. Documentarians tell stories by organizing information in their own way, and as with any good … Continue reading Ideas of Searching in ‘Searching for Sugar Man’

So Yong Kim’s Portrait of An Absent Father, ‘For Ellen’

"Please stop. You’re going to make me sad." The pivotal moment in So Yong Kim’s heartbreaking portrait of paternal irresponsibility is when the namesake of the film speaks up in a whisper: “Please stop. You’re going to make me sad.” Her father, whom she met for the first time just hours before, fears he may never see her … Continue reading So Yong Kim’s Portrait of An Absent Father, ‘For Ellen’

KTCHN: Now Open on West 42nd Street

KTCHN, located at The Out NYC (and sister to the Hell’s Kitchen hotspot Eatery), is a delicious new fixture on West 42nd Street. Smooth white chairs dot the spacious bar-room at front and glassy counter stools line the bar. The candle-lit dining-room has a more private feel to it, with a neutral toned palette and dark leather booths. The place is … Continue reading KTCHN: Now Open on West 42nd Street

New Italian Restaurant, Galli, Now Open on Mercer Street

Steve Gallo and Michael Forrest’s Galli of SoHo specializes in Italian comfort food, but actually offers much more. There’s something for everyone, and your options are equally crisp, fresh, and unadorned with emphasis on pure flavor; flavor, it seems, is deeply respected in this kitchen. Classics like chicken marsala and pasta bolognese are abundant alongside popular options such as grilled salmon … Continue reading New Italian Restaurant, Galli, Now Open on Mercer Street

Foodswings: Vegan Food Can Be Comfort Food

It seems that everyone loves Foodswings, one of the most classic vegan staples in Williamsburg. Bikers, hipsters, everyone in between flock there to indulge in serious comfort food: milkshakes, burgers, heroes, caesar salad, mac ‘n’ cheese, donuts- they’ve truly got it all. In fact, they have so much that it’s easy to have too much … Continue reading Foodswings: Vegan Food Can Be Comfort Food

Farm to Plate at Amali in Midtown East

Herbs are not nearly as appreciated in North American cooking as they should be. Basil, mint, sage, and cilantro are popular in areas where so-called “ethnic” cuisine is valued by the consumers of this fast-food nation (and over this, my foodie heart cries). At Amali, restaurateur James Mallios’ newest venture, the menu is spiked all over … Continue reading Farm to Plate at Amali in Midtown East

Homestyle Vietnamese Cooking at An Nhau

Williamsburg, Brooklyn contains its fair share of eccentricity and style: little oddball shops and cafes, full blocks of beautiful murals, lots of random spots to sit in the public domain (there are benches everywhere). It is a people friendly place, as opposed to many other neighborhoods, where money comes first and enjoyment is second- if … Continue reading Homestyle Vietnamese Cooking at An Nhau

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 … Continue reading Classy Beer & Peruvian Fare at La Cerveceria

‘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 … Continue reading ‘J. Edgar’: Making History With History

‘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 … Continue reading ‘Beginners’ Confront The End in Fear / Stall Death With Love

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 … Continue reading The Brilliant Star: Michelle Williams in ‘My Week With Marilyn’

‘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, … Continue reading ‘Albert Nobbs’: “A Woman Passing…” or Succeeding in a Cruel World

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

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. 3. 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 … Continue reading The Clothes Come On: Documenting Butt Naked’s Redemption

‘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 … Continue reading ‘Natural Selection’is a Feminist Feat

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 … Continue reading Hunger at The Leopard

Maryam Keshavarz’s ‘Circumstance’

CIRCUMSTANCE is the story of two young women who try to live the lives they desire under an increasingly brutal dictatorial government. Materially privileged Atafeh Hakimi (Nikohl Boosheri) introduces her socially stigmatized friend, Shireen Arshadi (Sarah Kazemy), to the Tehran underground. There after school and before curfew, behind blinds blocking sunlight from makeshift clubs, the … Continue reading Maryam Keshavarz’s ‘Circumstance’

‘Another Earth’ & Earthly Redemption

The elements of science fiction in ANOTHER EARTH accentuate the most important human elements of the story: forgiveness, alienation, victimization, and how to carry a burden. Protagonist Rhoda Williams is just about to start her life as a student at MIT, when she crashes into a car, killing a man’s wife, son, and unborn child. … Continue reading ‘Another Earth’ & Earthly Redemption

RAMPART: Notes on “Date Rape Dave”

When an admittedly racist, controlling, sexist LAPD officer named Dave Brown is caught on camera nearly beating a man to death, his personal and professional life slip out of his control faster than he seems ever to have imagined possible. He has two wives -sisters- and two young daughters, who feel as though he’s neglected … Continue reading RAMPART: Notes on “Date Rape Dave”

Like Project Continua on Facebook

Project Continua will be accessible and contributable by everyone. The core of Project Continua is the “female biography” archive, searchable content containing individual entries for each woman, including up-to-date scholarship on their life trajectories, their work, and the new knowledge they produced. Project Continua will also act as a virtual workspace in which students can … Continue reading Like Project Continua on Facebook

Cozy Gray Days at The Grey Dog Cafe

During one very rough finals season in college, The Grey Dog cafe gave me memorable tummy comfort. After spending a wholly sleepless night in one of the university computer labs, I finished my work with two hours until class. Without enough time to sleep or enough energy to continue studying, I headed out into the freezing winter … Continue reading Cozy Gray Days at The Grey Dog Cafe

Refreshingly Fresh “Fast Food”: Chirping Chicken

The pro-sides of this food stop are many, including the simple facts that follow: it’s inexpensive, fast, and never tastes like fast food. The service is the same whether you stop by for table service or order-in. The servings are generous and the mainstay, namesake - the once chirping, now not so, chicken - is … Continue reading Refreshingly Fresh “Fast Food”: Chirping Chicken

Max Brenner Presents Chocolates with Loopy Presentations

Down around Union Square, there is a restaurant with a waiting area, full of chocolate. The idea is that you can support the Bald Man’s chocolate factory while waiting to consume the chef’s creative, chocolatey bounty. Max Brenner’s menu is as pricey as it is mouthwatering. The creative presentation of the food is mainly in the cookware: pressed sandwiches … Continue reading Max Brenner Presents Chocolates with Loopy Presentations

Mama Mexico Raises Delicious Food in Manhattan

Mama Mexico is consistently fun and full of good eats. It is now common to order guacamole and have someone come over to the table and prepare it before your eyes. At this place, though, the guy (I’ve never seen a woman prepping there) will actually make the activity look interesting- putting visible effort into the … Continue reading Mama Mexico Raises Delicious Food in Manhattan

American Comfort Food That’s ‘Good Enough To Eat’

The food at Good Enough To Eat is well-proportioned, “All-American,” and satisfying to all senses. There’s a little extra something to each dish. Take the turkey club as one example. I have never in my life been tempted to order a turkey club. One day I went to Good Enough to Eat and was devastated when the … Continue reading American Comfort Food That’s ‘Good Enough To Eat’

Sarabeth’s West Offers Rural Fare in an Urban Setting

Sarabeth’s Kitchen on the Westside of Manhattan is a place of extremes. For weekend brunch, it is packed to the brim from opening to close, but weekdays after 2 p.m. you can enter and take over any table you want for an indefinite period of time because it is totally barren of people (though mostly not … Continue reading Sarabeth’s West Offers Rural Fare in an Urban Setting

Elena Beloff’s Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York

Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York Elena Beloff is a Russian woman who loves living in New York. She came to the city ten years ago as a student and has since found parallel fields as a healer (she is a certified and practicing hypnotist) and filmmaker. In 2010, she debuted a film about Russian women in New York, one … Continue reading Elena Beloff’s Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York

Lose Yourself (a Little Itty Bite): Brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter I

Upon entering the magical sugar-filled world that is Alice’s Tea Cup (specifically Chapter I) one should feel quite warm and fully prepared to indulge in deliciousness like time is of no importance, whatsoever. Why come to a place inspired by a little girl who gets lost in another dimension, where the fact that clocks tick … Continue reading Lose Yourself (a Little Itty Bite): Brunch at Alice’s Tea Cup Chapter I

My Top 3: Italian Eateries on the UWS

Most of the American population indulges in the saucy, cheesy, doughy, often meatiness of pizza dishes and hero sandwiches. Separating “going out or Italian” from Italian American cuisine, I would like to introduce you to three of the more traditional Italian eateries on the Upper West Side. These places are suited for big family meals, … Continue reading My Top 3: Italian Eateries on the UWS

Discussion After the Amazing Women in Film Panel with Thelma Adams

Thanks to Thelma Adams, the moderator of this years Amazing Women in Film panel at the Woodstock Film Festival, I got to participate in an enlightening and exciting discussion on Facebook about the state of women in film. Check it out by clicking the link above. I nearly burst with excitement at the chance to … Continue reading Discussion After the Amazing Women in Film Panel with Thelma Adams

An excerpt from “Imagining a Cinematic World without Rape”

                          The problem with cinematic gendering is that when it comes in the form of fantasized characters made for the purpose of entertainment, then the foundations are conventions, not innovations. Audiences can connect to the mother figure, but they are not supposed to admire the femme fatale: what happens if they do? Is it because … Continue reading An excerpt from “Imagining a Cinematic World without Rape”

Filmmaker Elena Rossini writes about the state of women in film

I really recommend this link and the blog that hosted the piece - The Beheld. Also take a look at Rossini’s http://theillusionists.org/ to get a taste of what it means to be a feminist in the eerily elusive yet totally pervasive world of film and media. Filmmaker Elena Rossini writes about the state of women in … Continue reading Filmmaker Elena Rossini writes about the state of women in film