This reflection comes from Eli Brown. If you haven't checked out Sound of Metal, it is an allegorical treasure chest. Stream it on Amazon Prime. **Spoilers Galore** I have had not cried in quite some time. The tears came out slowly and hesitantly, like street urchins wary of the kindness of a stranger offering them... Continue Reading →
Reserved Seating in Addiction Circles For The Likes of You And Me: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot In Review
In 2018, Gus Van Sant (director of Good Will Hunting) added to his excellent directorial résumé with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot. An under the radar biopic of late sketch artist John Callahan, the film examines his road to recovery as an alcoholic after a car accident leaves him as a quadriplegic. ... Continue Reading →
When Pain and Love Walk Hand in Hand: The Irony of Eternal Sunshine on Good Friday
A trippy tale of forgotten love, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind follows the relationship and subsequent break-up of Joel Barrish (Jim Carrey) and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet). Their story, in all of its indie glory, explores what life could be if we had the choice to forget pain.
Anything But Free: Free Solo In Review
Even with the risks, Honnold is unphased and in some ways, his perspective in death is refreshing - people die, it’s inevitable. But his perspective, like his gnarled, giant hands is far more calloused the closer you look.
When Best Friends Fill and Break Your Heart: Paddleton in Review
Paddleton perfectly captures what it looks and feels like to leisurely plod alongside a dear friend; the deep camaraderie causing the heart to swell. But Michael’s cancer and euthanasia decision takes that same heart and shatters it into a million pieces.
Trial by Fyre
In the game Jenga, players pull foundational wooden blocks from a block tower and place them strategically back on top. The tower gets higher and weaker, and all it takes is one misplaced block to bring it all tumbling down. If you’ve never played Jenga, but think you’d enjoy seeing the disastrous toppling of a poorly built design, look no further than the Netflix documentary Fyre.
The Both/And Christmas Movie Extravaganza
We wanted to compile a list of movies that get at the real heart of the Advent season. Some take place in a Christmas setting but the majority are probably the most un-Christmassy Christmas movies you’ve ever heard of. So toss a yule log on the fire, grab the popcorn, and snuggle up under a blanket – here are our top picks.
The Carol(s) of Buster Scruggs
Buster Scruggs forces us to look at ourselves and state the facts: the relationships you have, break, and start, the journey you’re on, the goals you’ve set, the places you’ve been, the home you’ve built and the plans you make have no bearing on the fact that you’re going to die. At the end of the movie, it’s like the directors chuckle as they peer into the hearts of their viewers and smugly say, “What? We’re just being honest.”
The Sacrificial Art of the Avett Brothers
In a digital age driven by likes and "authentic posts,” the Avett Brothers offer their contributions toward different ends. Rather than posting something reaching for comfort and solace for self, their exposed emotions create a bridge between them and their audience. they do the hard work so that we can feel comforted. It is a bridge supported by empathy where audiences can relate and say “you feel like that too?”
A Lost Sheep Named Lion
Saroo’s struggle to find his way home is beyond imagining. And yet there’s something about his story that resonates on a deeper level in which Percy’s imagery helps elucidate; it’s natural to long for news from across the seas.