The Office: A Comedy of Love

There is a rare moment of character revelation, in the popular American sitcom (first adapted from the original British show) The Office, when Michael Scott, says this about Pam, the … Continue reading The Office: A Comedy of Love

A vintage that gets better with age- a celebration of “Jennifer’s Body” (2009) ten years later

Google “Jennifer’s Body” and let the panning of 2009 begin, from the in–the–gutter critic reviews to the 44% Rotten Tomatoes score. Go on Letterboxd (a site for film geeks like myself who write their … Continue reading A vintage that gets better with age- a celebration of “Jennifer’s Body” (2009) ten years later

Chosen “Family”

There is nothing that is considered normal. These are the words that I repeated to myself throughout middle school. In recent years, we have had a sea of coming-of-age stories … Continue reading Chosen “Family”

“Booksmart”: Class of Gen Z

When you say coming-of-age film, your mind is instantly drawn to cult classics like “Breakfast Club” (1985), “Pretty in Pink” (1986), “Clueless” (1995), and “The Princess Diaries” (2001). Not stories … Continue reading “Booksmart”: Class of Gen Z

Strong Island: Documentary Filmmaking as a Coming-of-Age Tale

By Jaylan Salah It’s always the women, the queer, and the blacks. They are the ones who tell stories. They are the ones who dig deep into their families’ histories. … Continue reading Strong Island: Documentary Filmmaking as a Coming-of-Age Tale

The Contours of Fear: A Documentary Elegy

By Marjorie H. Morgan The sound of repetitive, relentless punching against a fixed piece of board starts this documentary, and a world upside down and back to front ends it. … Continue reading The Contours of Fear: A Documentary Elegy

The Watchers: The Compelling Gaze in “The Virgin Suicides”

“The Virgin Suicides” film is a feast of watchers: it confirms that we are all watched and we all watch. Like George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” this film reminds the viewer … Continue reading The Watchers: The Compelling Gaze in “The Virgin Suicides”