A Knock-out Drama: the Private World Explored in ‘Concussion’

'Concussion': She said “I have to do something.” Abby Ableman reads and vacuums at the same time, fixes up hole-in-the-wall apartments in Manhattan, and spends inordinate amounts of time in cycling classes, amidst the aimless, though healthy-minded chatter of other soccer moms. Most importantly, Abby violently, helplessly curses at her son when he hits her … Continue reading A Knock-out Drama: the Private World Explored in ‘Concussion’

Reality, History, and Silence: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

'Dallas Buyers Club' could be a film that alters the way audiences view people of varying sexual expression. It could be that kind of resource for filmgoers, but the press surrounding more than one awards acceptance speech by a particular cast member has been drawing attention to the rub of the industry: actors don’t have … Continue reading Reality, History, and Silence: ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Americana: A Tribute to Nothingland in A. Payne’s ‘Nebraska’

Nebraska: a story of the heartland. An Americana gem. Black and white and cold throughout, Alexander Payne’s latest feature seems to be a carefully crafted study of small town living. An old man journeys from Montana to Nebraska to cash in what he believes to be his golden ticket. No one in the story actually … Continue reading Americana: A Tribute to Nothingland in A. Payne’s ‘Nebraska’

Fading Glamour and Psychological Grit in ‘American Hustle’

Who’s the criminal in a thieving system? In a band of uglies, who’s the worst? We audience members love watching horrible people make bad choices. The length of the average feature length film gives us just the right amount of time to decide who we feel sympathy for, who did the darkest deeds, who deserved … Continue reading Fading Glamour and Psychological Grit in ‘American Hustle’

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

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