What movie is your life like?

Month: August 2012

Cosmopolis, where everything meets nothing

Cosmopolis, where everything meets nothing

In Louis Malle’s 1981 film, My Dinner with Andre, two aging actors who haven’t seen each other in some time, one successful, the other not, reunite over dinner at a restaurant where they debate life, theater, art, and Western Civilization. Touching, humorous, sad, one of the first films to successfully build an entire story around […]

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“Compliance” meets “Manchurian Candidate”

“Compliance” meets “Manchurian Candidate”

Over the past two decades, seventy incidences have been reported of a man referring to himself as a police officer calling a fast food restaurant (McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy’s being a few) and coercing the manager to strip search a young female employee for what he claims to be an alleged theft. This, he […]

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“When was the last time you had…?”

“When was the last time you had…?”

“When was the last time you had really good sex?” “What was the best sex you ever had together?” “Have you ever had good sex?” If you do not wish to contemplate these questions imagining your husband sitting beside you, don’t go see Hope Springs. Actually GO. Why not? Get out of your comfort zone. “Do […]

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Do you believe in signs?

Do you believe in signs?

Jeff, thirty and still living in his mother’s basement, is obsessed with signs. Not to mention the movie Signs. Remember it? By M. Night Shyamalan, starring Mel Gibson and a young Joaquin Phoenix, the 2002 movie about crop circles that ended up being anything but about crop circles. I loved that movie. It reached me […]

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Be careful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for

When we look at another person, we don’t see them we interpret them. Through our own unique lens, they are no longer themselves but our version of themselves. Calvin, the protagonist of the film “Ruby Sparks” has a lens so thick that the woman he’s seeing barely exists. Or in Ruby’s case doesn’t exist. He […]

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

A strangely warm day in January, crisp, bright, we took off on a walk with light jackets and no destination in mind. Five Avenues later, having wandered into a random Chelsea art gallery, we found ourselves staring at a massive, wall-to-wall rectangular landscape of…we weren’t sure at first… We moved in closer. Sunflower seeds? Yes, […]

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Way to go Vertigo!

Way to go Vertigo!

In honor of Vertigo usurping Citizen Kane as the number one movie of all time by the British Film Institute’s prestigious Sight and Sound Poll, a position Orson Welles held firmly for the past fifty years, I am posting the Vertigo excerpt of my novel, REEL LIFE, on my blog for your reading pleasure. The […]

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