Film Campaigns to Watch: MANUEL, UN VIAJE FANTASTICO

I know it’s been a while, but here is another Film Campaign to Watch! After graduating from high school or college, there is always the question of “Now what?” What do you decide to do after that strange purgatory phase when you’re still trying to figure things out? In the case of 20 year old…

LIKE ME: A Visual Spectacle That Doesn’t Need You to Like It (REPOST)

This post was originally published on Film Inquiry. Read the original post here.  At the end of Like Me, I felt as if I had awoken from a feverish dream. It was as if the contents of all my angsty deleted social media pages had been revived and used to fuel nightmares. Was the point to open…

Climbing: There Are Many Trails to the Destination

Hiking in Griffith Park

Last weekend, I turned 25. Although a rather unpopular opinion, according to the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, adolescence ends at the age of 24. If that is the case, am I officially an adult now? Since I was able to take some time off, once again I made a pilgrimage to Los Angeles. On this…

20 Years Of PLEASANTVILLE: Privilege, Prejudice & The Pursuit Of Perfection (REPOST)

20 Years of Pleasantville

This post is a repost of my first article on Film Inquiry. To see the full post click here.  One of the most original and thought-provoking films of all time, Pleasantville has withstood the test of time for its clever use of color to tell its story. Due to its bold visuals, it is a film that…

Film Discovery: THE PILLOW BOOK (1996)

In a world where sex sells, it’s easy to easy to create films centered around it. What isn’t easy is creating films that are sensual. In other words, it’s difficult to create an experience that portrays pleasure as an art form. One of those rare films is The Pillow Book, the 1997 indie film directed…

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI: Empowering the “Nobodies” (Not a Review)

As indicated by the blog title, I almost exclusively go the theater alone. There’s so much freedom in choosing to see what I want, feel how I want, and process a film how I want when I’m solo. However, there are a rare set of films that shouldn’t be experienced alone- they are meant to…

Redefining Feminism in 2017: Women’s Marches, Hollywood, & #METOO

According to Miriam Webster, FEMINISM is 2017’s word of the year. Prompted by a large series of events, Feminism has become one of the most searched words of 2017. Like any word in the English language, feminism has multiple meanings to different people. This was the definition I found on the Miriam Webster site: FEMINISM…

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Not one for romance…films. But I do appreciate some unconventional stories about love- even if it is about a mute janitor falling for an aquatic man-fish. Guillermo del Toro- the renowned Mexican filmmaker known for his dark fantasy and Gothic aesthetic (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Mimic, Crimson Peak)  returns with The Shape of Water. One of…

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

After a long year it’s finally December. With just three weeks left in the year, it’s the peak of awards season film releases- which means there truly is a lot of weight behind the saying “Save the best for last.” Last week’s screening was the critically acclaimed The Disaster Artist, and before that Lady Bird.…

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…