2015 Film, Film

Yosemite – beautifully quiet and ambiguous

Nine times out of ten I really enjoy quiet films. These films, when they are also beautifully shot, allow me to focus on subtleties and details and be free from the noise that distracts us from getting to the real business of gaining insights into the human experience. They usually include beautiful natural shots, and the […]

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2017 Film, Documentary, Film, Uncategorized

Love where it’s due — Most underrated/underappreciated films and performances of 2017

It has been a while since I’ve posted, but I have still been going to the movies–a lot of them. Follow me on Letterboxd (click the green icon to the right). Before I finally compile my Top 10 of 2017 (I already know the top 2) and honorable mentions, of course, there is one last […]

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2017 Film, Film

Dayveon is included in “all of us”

In his 2010 TED talk, “A Call to Men” (also the name of the organization of which he is co-founder, A Call To Men), Tony Porter speaks about the dangerous “man box” that restricts boys and men from being fully human: “I grew up in New York City, between Harlem and the Bronx. Growing up […]

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2015 Film, Film

Boulevard (explosions that must come)

There is a moment during the climax of Boulevard when Kathy Baker (Joy) openly expresses her desire for a lifestyle that so many live and fight to maintain. The fight is a subtle one, but the feelings involved are anything but, even if they are not outwardly expressed on a regular basis. Everything is below the surface in […]

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