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…

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…

Film Campaigns to Watch: DADDY’S PLAYGROUND

In a time where authentic relationships are hard to cultivate, many working people have resorted to uses the internet and social media to not necessarily find the “One” but the one for right now. Especially in the case of the wealthy elite in Los Angeles, there is not much time for a typical girlfriend (or…

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…

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…

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-…

Film Discovery: FRANCES HA (2012)

On a slow night, I found myself browsing for a movie to watch. I have such a short attention span, that I have barely made it through any of the long list of movies in my streaming queue. After watching Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg some time ago, I’ve had Frances Ha on my to-watch list for…