THE DISASTER ARTIST

There's sort of an ironic romanticism behind failure. No story would be interesting if there wasn't some sort of struggle involved. Why is failure so fascinating? In the past week, the Museum of Failure opened in Los Angeles. It's an epic display of unsuccessful innovations from major companies such as Apple, Google, and Kodak among…

LADY BIRD

It seemed pretty coincidental that I finally watched Frances Ha just a few days before I went to see today's film Lady Bird- Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut. Both stories are inspired by Greta's real life, but Lady Bird serves as a more semi-autobiographical film. The film was highly anticipated, with strong debuts at Telluride and Toronto-…

REDUX

Hello, it’s me again. I know it’s been a bit. Once again, I’ve found myself trying to escape from a writer’s desert, still viewing movies, but not able to convey my emotions on my keyboard. For a little bit at least, I have escaped that desert. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been…

NOVITIATE

Every now and then you see a movie that sticks with you long after you watch it. Recently, I had seen such a film. I planned on seeing Novitiate during Sundance back in January- but I didn’t realize that I had bought a ticket for a venue in Salt Lake City. I was unable to…

BOJACK HORSEMAN

Who would've thought that a show about a horse would be one of television's most human shows? Bojack Horseman is one of my favorite series of all time. It's well written, well acted, and the artistry and attention to detail in this show is remarkable. Bojack Horseman is truly one of today's most progressive TV…

A YEAR IN CALIFORNIA

On June 17th, 2016 I left the East Coast for good. On my own, I had never been further than Texas. Just a couple weeks earlier, I was working at a (now defunct) call center , and wondering where to go next. I had big dreams of California, and I was saving my money bit…

PERPETUAL SINGLENESS AND LIBERATION

This isn't a movie or entertainment post today, but I think it is very fitting with the name of my blog- The Cinema Soloist. It's been on my mind, and I decided to share it. My blog was founded on my solo adventures in film and life, and I've often thought about the fact that there…

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: A Letter to the Black Community’s Outsiders

Dear White People

Back in 2014, I saw the original movie for Dear White People. I really loved the film and its message to the Black community and everyone else in general. When I saw there was going to be a TV show,  I was really excited. I have been waiting for this series for well over a…

THE FRANCO’S, THE ROOM, & BIG DREAMS

Dave Franco and James Franco in The Disaster Artist

Shame on me, but I was introduced to the bizarre world of The Room by the Franco brothers. Last night was the work-in-progress premiere of The Disaster Artist at SXSW. I decided to watch The Room for the first time in celebration and so that I wouldn't be an uninitiated swine when the film gets a…

FIRST SUNDANCE: HIGHLIGHTS

Women's March at Park City, Utah

Back in warm and sunny California! Last week I spent my days in Park City, enjoying a major solo adventure. I watched movies alone, I ate alone, and enjoyed my favorite things such as film, social justice, and drinks. It was an amazing experience, and I am better for having made my decision. The week…