• Cinephilia

    Review: First Reformed

    First Reformed Paul Schrader

    I’ve been watching a lot of movies for a long time, and yet I’d be the first to admit I have a lot to learn about the movies. I went through a Scorsese phase a while back and finally saw some of his iconic early work, from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to The Last Temptation of Christ. I didn’t know until just recently that they were all written by the same man, Paul Schader. A screenwriter and director since the 1970s, Schrader’s name is also behind the likes of American Gigolo, Affliction and many, many more, several of which he also directed. His latest is First Reformed, starring Ethan…

  • Cinephilia

    Review: On Chesil Beach

    I can remember reading Ian McEwan’s Atonement like it was yesterday, even though it was really 2005 or 2006. I was living in my first solo apartment in Indianapolis, and I was sitting in bed devouring the thing, enthralled with McEwan’s evocative writing. I can remember reading the twist revealed at the end of the book (I won’t spoil it here!), then turning the page to continue on only to turn the page back in order to make sure I’d really read it right. And then I started crying like I’ve never cried over a book before or since. So my anticipation for the film version was quite high, and I was…

  • Travel Tales

    Next Stop: Madrid and Lisbon

    I haven’t traveled solo since I spent a month in India in 2013. I’ve been plenty of places since then—London, Reykjavik, Dublin, Paris—but they’ve been trips shared with friends or family. Which are lovely in their own way, of course. Traveling alone, though…there’s something wonderful about the solo trip, and I’ve been itching for another one recently. I’d been mulling on where I might go next for ages. Australia still ranks high up there. And Japan is starting to creep up my list, too. But then a few months ago, I spent a weekend on a Netflix binge, enjoying the hell out of every episode of Somebody Feed Phil, the…

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    Review: Disobedience


    This is a repost of my review on Third Coast Review. On the heels of a well-deserved Oscar win (Best Foreign Language Film for last year’s A Fantastic Woman), Sebastián Lelio returns to theaters this week with Disobedience, a story of love and loss and living one’s truth, set in London’s Orthodox Jewish community. Produced by and starring Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (alongside Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams), Lelio adapted the screenplay (from Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel) with Rebecca Lenkiewicz, best known for writing another Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, Ida.  All that to say: we’re in good hands here—and it shows.