News of the Soul: February

Advertisements I’ve become the in-house reporter for the Berlin arts collective Soul and the City. Check out our first monthly roundup of events, workshops, and things to look forward to here. I took the photos too! (Psst—a certain masterclass with yours truly is featured. 😉) Take care of yourselves this Winterspring, folks! Love—Cecilia

Just saw FUNNY GIRL for the first time…

Advertisements Or, oy! …and it was weird, man. I’m gonna put all my thoughts in a list, because that’s the kind of time and energy I’ve got this week. Reminiscent of other musicals of the era in that the first act contained much more singing, and was much more lighthearted, than the second. But IContinue reading “Just saw FUNNY GIRL for the first time…”

Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List

Advertisements “YOUTHS.” : Schmidt, New Girl Hello, suckers. Welcome back. (That’s how Velma Kelly opens Act II of Chicago, for all you theatre freaks.) After racking up an array of shows and movies and also YouTube takedowns of the shows and movies, I have reached the limit of my tolerance for almost all visual mediaContinue reading “Teen Tropes: A Cease-and-Desist List”

Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP

Advertisements Or, an encapsulation *WARNING: SPOILERS* I went into Netflix’s Don’t Look Up expecting to be made very angry. I knew what it was about, and I knew what it was meant to represent. Instead, as I watched, I experienced a mix of déjà vu and deep fatigue. This was an only slightly factionalized versionContinue reading “Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP”

Get back, JoJo!

Advertisements In which I dig a pony (and a lot of other things) On Saturday, from mid-afternoon to midnight, a friend and I marathoned Peter Jackson’s new three-part documentary The Beatles Get Back. This is supposedly (and I do suppose) the entirety of the footage from which the original Let It Be film was culled.Continue reading “Get back, JoJo!”

Preparation of a Young Woman Film Critic

Advertisements In which I make a checklist Big news: your girl was selected for the Young Critics Workshop at the Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin! From this weekend through next, I’ll be working alongside seasoned and up-and-coming writers to probe the genre of film criticism and hone the craft in order to cover this year’s premieres.Continue reading “Preparation of a Young Woman Film Critic”

6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow”

Advertisements In which I do not exactly go off the deep end So I rewatched the latest iteration of A Star is Born, mostly because I had bought it on iTunes in order to watch it the first time and wanted to get my money’s worth. To my pleasant surprise, I took a greater likingContinue reading “6 Songs in A STAR IS BORN That Are Better Than “Shallow””

The Wilsonian Institute

Advertisements In which some old, old feelings meet new context Maybe it was the gummi bears. When I sat down with a bag of Haribo Goldbären to Love & Mercy, the biopic covering (in)famous periods in the life of Brian Wilson and the career of The Beach Boys, I thought about how this piece ofContinue reading “The Wilsonian Institute”

Who Was Leni Riefenstahl Really?

Advertisements In which I step out onto a limb So I’m trying something a little different this International Women’s Day. I thought I’d explore the life of a woman who came from the country I am living in and learning about. And, since women are such marvelously nuanced creatures, I chose a woman who wieldedContinue reading “Who Was Leni Riefenstahl Really?”

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