From June, 2017

A Quiet Passion: a Film Review

As a long time admirer of Emily Dickinson, I wanted so badly to enjoy this film. Sadly, I just didn’t. To be honest the film felt stilted, it was like viewing the final project of a student filmmaker, rather than the sophisticated Emily Dickinson biopic I had paid to see.  The film opens with a glimpse Emily Dickinson’s days at Mount Holyoke, as viewers are introduced to a young Emily (Emma Bell.) These opening moments show Emily renouncing the constraints of her strictly pious educators, and detailing her own intricate opinions of God-something that will become a theme throughout the…

Baywatch: Sizzling, Sandy, Summer Fun!

Like it or not, summer is here. And here in the US, summer means more than sweltering days, pretending to be interested in baseball and unfortunate tan lines. Summertime also heralds in the release of a myriad of (typically sub-par) films that we have lovingly dubbed “summer blockbusters.” The summer blockbuster is a well-loved, time-honored…

Kedi: a Film Review

Istanbul is home to thousands of stray cats that freely roam the city’s streets, making homes in the city’s communities and building relationships with the city’s people. Kedi is a heart-warming documentary that brings to light the complex relationship between Istanbul and her feline friends. The film follows the day-to-day lives of seven of the…