Girl Next Door

In which I set something straight It came to my attention during a family phone conversation that I have misinterpreted the “girl next door” trope for most of my life. This stock character often appears in visual media as the primary love interest or counterpart (apparently) to the boy next door to her. The premiseContinue reading “Girl Next Door”

A Love Letter to José Carioca, Rio de Janeiro

In which the past catches up with me My dear Joe, We met at least twenty years ago, so I’ve always considered you a friend, but it’s different now. Aside from the standard byproduct of aging that causes one to see the hallmarks of childhood in a new light and with a new appreciation, IContinue reading “A Love Letter to José Carioca, Rio de Janeiro”

Every Musical Biopic Ever

In which I map it out (trailer is a miniature of the following) ACT I Establishment of band of hometown/university friends. Shots of small-time gigs at local clubs. Unrecognizable snippets/early drafts of what will evolve into hits. Idiosyncratic performance methods (e.g., dancing) which lead family/naysayers to ridicule the band’s dream of mainstream success. Band membersContinue reading “Every Musical Biopic Ever”

One Great Music Video: “Sledgehammer”

In which I get animated A literary magazine recently sent me one of the best rejection letters I could hope for. Even if the short story in question didn’t make their cut, they did call the opening sentence ‘a sledgehammer of engagement.’ This was pretty good bad news because 1) I had done something right,Continue reading “One Great Music Video: “Sledgehammer””

‘Breakfast’ Epiphanies

In which I poke at a kooky classic With all this extra time on my hands lately, I figure I might as well get as much of a cinema education as Netflix will allow. Leading me, the other night, to watch the 1961 Blake Edwards-directed Breakfast at Tiffany’s for the first time. Based on HarperContinue reading “‘Breakfast’ Epiphanies”

Not Like Other Girls

In which I join in the killing of a trope Happy March, all! It’s been a couple weeks. I’d intended to acknowledge Leap Day in any number of ways (insert Pirates of Penzance reference); but Nature had other plans, namely laying me up in bed with a cold. Now that I’m back up and running,Continue reading “Not Like Other Girls”

Film Review: LITTLE WOMEN

In which I assess a new take on an old favorite *WARNING: SPOILERS (PLOT-WISE AND PRODUCTION-WISE)* Yesterday, a rainy Sunday afternoon, I had the long-awaited privilege to see Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. And it warmed my heart in all kinds of ways. (Not least of which was thanks to a rich, coppery color scheme againstContinue reading “Film Review: LITTLE WOMEN”