‘Born to Play’ a Refreshing Reminder of Teamwork in the Face of Adversity

“Football is a physical sport. You’re gonna get punched in the face. It’s about how you respond. Punch back.” If anything sums up ESPN’s latest documentary Born to Play, it’s that. Director Viridiana Lieberman’s examination of women’s tackle football is inspiring not only for fans of the sport, but for anyone who feels like their…… Continue reading ‘Born to Play’ a Refreshing Reminder of Teamwork in the Face of Adversity

‘Laurel Canyon’ Captures A Unique Time, Place In Music History

My mother was a child of the ‘60s, which means some of my earliest friends were Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Joni Mitchell’s voice filled my college years with the promise that it wouldn’t be long before I dragged my feet to slow the circles down, and she was right.  It’s with an acknowledged bias…… Continue reading ‘Laurel Canyon’ Captures A Unique Time, Place In Music History

Anniversary of ‘Endgame’ Holds Special Meaning in Time of Coronavirus

Avengers: Endgame was released April 26, 2019. It is the highest-grossing film of all time, with Box Office Mojo reporting its lifetime gross as $2,797,800,564. Its first anniversary has a new relevance as people worldwide grapple with the global health crisis of coronavirus, and its far-reaching impact on healthcare, the economy and everyday life. Millions…… Continue reading Anniversary of ‘Endgame’ Holds Special Meaning in Time of Coronavirus

‘Last Christmas’ Gives You Its Heart – But Not Much Else

Emilia Clarke stars in Last Christmas, a sweet but contrived comedy from director Paul Feig, along with screenwriters Emma Thompson and Bryony Kimmings. Like a beautifully-decorated Christmas cookie in the window of a bakery, Last Christmas is lovely to look at, but doesn’t actually taste like much.  Kate (Clarke) is a self-proclaimed “mess,” bouncing around London and sleeping on…… Continue reading ‘Last Christmas’ Gives You Its Heart – But Not Much Else

‘Mr. Smith Goes To Washington’ 80 Years Later

In an early episode of Dawson’s Creek, protagonist Dawson Leery is doing what he does best: watching an old movie from the comfort of his childhood bedroom. Dreamer Dawson is enthralled by what’s unfolding on the screen, but his more typically-teenage friend Pacey Witter voices his boredom. “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Dawson? Come on, it’s in…… Continue reading ‘Mr. Smith Goes To Washington’ 80 Years Later

This Isn’t Real: Simulated Fear In Modern Movies

I’m a sentimental cinephile. I have a tendency to find the metaphor in any film I see, applying it to whatever I’m experiencing in my own life. While some look at recent films like Spider-Man: Far From Home and It: Chapter Two and see headlines about box office records or think-pieces about the future of film, I see stories…… Continue reading This Isn’t Real: Simulated Fear In Modern Movies

ATX Festival celebrates the power of female partnerships

Article first appeared on FF2 Media on June 10, 2019 The eighth season of the ATX Television Festival was held June 6-9 in Austin, Texas, celebrating all aspects of the television medium. The Power of Female Partnerships was one of the first panels on the four-day schedule, presented by Vanity Fair.  Panelists included Good Girls…… Continue reading ATX Festival celebrates the power of female partnerships