When I was in high school I worked with elementary school aged children. I worked at an after-school program, meant to be a fun place for kids to socialize, play games, and generally have fun. Of course in many cases it was more of a daycare: somewhere parents could leave their kids for a few… Continue reading The Florida Project: The Place Next to The Happiest Place on Earth
I am not writing this post because this movie is about an overweight white girl beating the odds. We all struggle with our outward appearance at one point or another; we all are the underdog in our own story. I am writing this review because I left the theater feeling uplifted, smiling, and knowing why… Continue reading Patti Cake$ Challenges the Solo Underdog Story
Paterson has many elements I love to find in a film: a commitment to exploring mundane, everyday life, and dry humor. Paterson has tremendously little plot. Jim Jarmusch’s previous film Only Lovers Left Alive is similarly plotless. The filmmaker clearly favors character over narrative. However where Only Lovers’ plotlessness is deliberately slow, Paterson proceeds at… Continue reading Paterson Is Okay With Being Okay
Captain Fantastic invites us to experience passion and loss as one family tries to understand their place in the world. The film asks when is going to extremes going too far? And what does it mean to understand truth? Is it possible that real truth may not be as objective or universal as we would like it to be? When are we pursuing our own truths, and when are we selling out?
Blue Jay’s specificity makes for an intimate and relatable romantic drama.