Writing

A selection of film journalism, reported stories and essays.

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Thrillist
Kate Tsang Makes Magic Badass in ‘Marvelous and the Black Hole’
Interview with Kate Tsang, director of Marvelous and the Black Hole, for Thrillist.
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Documentary Magazine
Creating a New Familiar: Film Festivals in the COVID Era
How filmmakers and programmers are acclimating to film festivals to the pandemic era.
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The Observer
Denzel Washington Regains His Throne With ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
We’ve taken Denzel Washington for granted.
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Goomba Stomp
The French Dispatch Is a Delightful Petit Fours of Wes Anderson
Anderson makes live-action neo-baroque cartoons. He creates heightened worlds with exaggerated societies in which he immerses his characters that all belong to an aesthetic he’s honed for decades. Naturalism is employed like saffron; accentuating his screenplays’ dramatic moments. Think of The French Dispatch as a Saturday morning cartoon block. A fizzy mix of Wes Anderson tales that you’ll want to watch for hours longer than the runtime allows.
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Tilt Magazine
Joel Coen Crafts a Dark and Masterful Adaptation with The Tragedy of Macbeth
Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is a story told in shadows. Dark figures contemplate, plot, and scurry through askew geometry and a foreboding soundtrack. They emerge from opaque horizons, obscured by smoke and dread, bound for opportunity or vengeance. In both cases, they seize what they seek.
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Tilt Magazine
Mia Hansen-Løve Blurs Life and Fiction with Bergman Island
For Mia Hansen-Løve, filmmaking allows her to recreate her memories—her work is the result of a conversation between fiction and life. Instead of just presenting the result, Bergman Island also offers the conversation.
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Tilt Magazine
Annette Is the Fascinating Child of Intriguing Auteurs
A review of Sparks and Leos Carax's post-modern musical Annette.
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Tit Magazine
What We Left Unfinished Salvages History Meant to be Erased
A review of Miriam Ghani's documentary on unfinished Agfhan films from the communist era.
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Tilt
Never Gonna Snow Again: An Intriguing Exploration of What Money Can’t Buy
A review of Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert's intriguing exploration into Poland's new found middle-class capitalism and the emptiness it brings.
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Tilt
Freda: An Outstanding Debut Offers An Eloquent Voice for a Troubled Nation
A review of Géssica Généus' stirring and tender debut feature set in a troubled Haiti, Freda.
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Tilt
The Anti-Anti-Hero: Ted Lasso’s Game Plan of Decency
An essay on the idiosyncratic delight of Ted Lasso season one and its positive message.
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Tilt
Italian Suspense in Swinging London: What to expect from Last Night in Soho
A look at Italian giallo films and Edgar Wright's Last Night in Soho.
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Bright Wall/Dark Room
The Surrealist Bond
An essay on the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, the most peculiar entry in the franchise.
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Medium
Pfeiffer Is A Glimmering Blade in “French Exit”
A review of Azazel Jacobs's 2020 film French Exit.
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Medium
‘Long Live Theatrical Cinema’: Despite Existential Threats to Theaters, They Will Survive
An essay on the perfect storm of threats to movie theaters and why they will survive.
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Medium
Henry Khaou’s Arresting Portrait of Unease
A review of Henry Khaou's 2019 film Monsoon.
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Mott Haven Herald
What Is OMNY? Our Guide For Bronx Commuters
An FAQ guide to the MTA's OMNY system for payments.
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NY City News Service
Yang Pledges $1M in COVID-19 Relief
A spot story on a pledge from former presidential candidate Andrew Yang for Coronavirus relief in the Bronx.
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Mott Haven Herald
Putting Remote Learning In Reach: Arete Helps Connect Students To Classrooms
The story of how a local community group gave children in its under-served community get internet access for remote learning when many fell through the gaps in the BOE's ambitious technology distribution plan.
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