Although Academy Award predictions are now favoring The Revenant to win Best Picture, two films based on real events, The Big Short and Spotlight, received numerous accolades and critical acclaim in 2016’s awards race. While real event based and true story films are common throughout film history, there has been a spate of these films … Continue reading ‘Based on Real Events’: Five Movies That Should Get Made
(Shoutout to Mindy Kaling’s Things I’ve Bought That I Love.) J.C. Chandor’s films Pretty much from the minute I watched Margin Call, I was in. But you know how you completely fall in love with one thing–like, a musician’s album or a director’s first film, but then when they come out with another album or film, … Continue reading Things I’m Currently Obsessed With
With the release of Kill the Messenger, there’s been a lot of talk of journalist Gary Webb, and rightfully so. Not only does his reporting deserve to be recognized, but the film is also being released in a time when the national security state is part of our everyday lives. James Risen, The New York … Continue reading It’s What I Do: (Female) Journalists in the Days of the National Security State
On Tuesday, American photojournalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS terrorists. On Tuesday, two more journalists were arrested in Ferguson, Missouri, bringing the total to 15. (As of Wednesday morning, another journalist’s arrest was reported, making it 16.) The beheading of Foley has brought back memories of a similar incident 12 years ago, the beheading … Continue reading Journalism is Not a Crime: Ferguson, James Foley, and the First Amendment
As the end of the year approaches, there’s an influx of award nomination lists, critics compile their top ten films of the year, and the New York Film Academy releases an infographic showing the inequality for women in the film industry. While it’s certainly important to be aware of the numbers, the statistics are oft quoted, … Continue reading Female Filmmakers: Don’t Let the Statistics Get You Down
One of my formative childhood movie watching experiences was All the President’s Men. I saw the movie in my early teens and was the only person in my high school modern U.S. History class who knew what Watergate was or who Bernstein and Woodward were. I also grew up in a household which valued journalism. Both … Continue reading Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy & journalism: “We write the first draft of history.”
Manhunt, a documentary based on a book of the same name by Peter Bergen, aired on HBO Wednesday evening, the two-year anniversary of bin Laden’s death. Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, premiered in New York and L.A. on December 19, 2012, and expanded wide on January 11. One is a documentary. One is a work … Continue reading Manhunt vs. Zero Dark Thirty: Finding OBL
They served in Iraq in 2004-2005 and again in 2010. Eight members were killed in action in 2005. In 2010, Spc. Robert D. West earned a Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.