What movie is your life like?

Month: December 2012

Amour (Love) at its most illuminating

Amour (Love) at its most illuminating

The French-language film, Amour, is about an elderly bourgeois couple confronted with the end of life. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and the director Michael Haneke was also responsible for the Oscar nominated White Ribbon and Cache’. I assumed the he in my life, the he who had loved those two movies, would […]

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“Zero Dark Thirty” and the marks of women

“Zero Dark Thirty” and the marks of women

The mission starts at zero dark thirty and ends with Osama Bin Laden dead. The search begins well before that: right after 9/11 and with Maya, a high school graduate turned CIA analyst, and her subsequent relentless pursuit of a lead she’d uncovered, a man rumored to be Osama Bin Laden’s courier.  Few others believed […]

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Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, and Page 732

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, and Page 732

I studied math, not literature in my youth. All I knew about Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was that if you were ever going to be a writer you had to read it immediately. Ten years ago, I embarked on the journey with the thousand pound book. Now the movie is out staring Keira Knightly and Jude […]

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Damaged Souls

Damaged Souls

Rust and Bone, a French film by Jacques Audiard, who also directed The Prophet, stars the sublime Marion Cotillard as Steph, an Orca trainer who loses both her legs above the knee in a fluke accident at the Sea World-type Cote di Azure park she works at. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) plays her antihero, a feral […]

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The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

I moved to New York City in 1999, after having spent my life living across the country in various suburbs and pseudo cities. I received some very cautionary, wary goodbyes. Be safe, don’t ride the subway at night, and don’t make eye contact. To the contrary, I’ve never felt so safe, still, more than a […]

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