ZERO DARK THIRTY

ZERO DARK THIRTY

Three years ago, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to receive a “Best Director” Oscar. Now she stands poised to do it again with her new film Zero Dark Thirty. But even if she doesn’t win, Bigelow will almost certainly achieve the one “Personal Best” that has so far eluded her grasp, Zero Dark Thirty…

Penny is Back!

Well time flies when you're having fun... or something like that... Since my last post in August, Richard & I have packed up & moved to Brooklyn! This is bittersweet for both of us, leaving behind 35 years of friends, neighbors, & wonderful Chicago memories. But so it goes. Richard is now working at SUNY…

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Two of the big winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival addressed the devastating effects of prolonged incarceration on African-American family life. Is this a mere coincidence? I don’t think so. Middle of Nowhere is the story of a woman left behind. When we first meet Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi), her husband Derek (Omari Hardwick) is…

THE LONELIEST PLANET

THE LONELIEST PLANET

The Loneliest Planet is the story of a 30 year old woman named “Nica” (Hani Furstenberg) who travels well off the beaten path with her fiancé “Alex” (Gael Garcia Bernal) and their Georgian guide “Dato” (Bidzina Gujabidze). These three people are quite alone in the wild, and despite the quiet that surrounds them, the mountains…

THE FIFTH HEAVEN

THE FIFTH HEAVEN

Dina Zvi-Riklis’s new film The Fifth Heaven is set in Palestine at the close of World War II. Jewish residents, terrified by the Nazi advance across Europe and North Africa, have been giving their all to their British protectors for years, but now that the defeat of the Third Reich appears imminent, their thoughts turn…