Tag Archive | film



Last week I had one of the most exciting, educational and influential nights of my time here at BU. I went to a screening of the film Whose Streets? directed by Sabaah Folayan and co-directed by Damon Davis. This film followed the events that occurred in Ferguson following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. The […]

Take 17! 18! 19!

As we wind down tech for Agamemdawn, I find myself reflecting on three things. One, I have still not figured out how to spell Aggamemnonn. Two, a statement that our director opened tech with: “Some actors use this time to be extra creative. As you run things over and over for the technical elements, you […]

The Honesty of Horror

It’s Spooktober kids! That means everybody is picking their Halloween costumes, candy companies are getting ready for an almighty rush of business and horror movies have become America’s favourite pass time. There’s lots of frustration levelled at Horror movies, especially from those who believe that they promote violence and are unnecessary gore fests that serve no purpose other […]

First Time Being a Dramaturg! Ah!

Night Owl: https://vimeo.com/218082778 Citizen: https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-American-Lyric-Claudia-Rankine/dp/1555976905/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505964534&sr=8-1&keywords=citizen I believed, before this summer and this class, that a dramaturg was vital to the creation process, but was not an artist. I believed that a dramaturg did research, and put together a packet of information for the cast and crew. The end. Dramaturges did not go to rehearsal, were […]

Help Me Help You Help Me

I recently came across a HowlRound article that I can’t seem to get out of my head. It’s titled What are We Watching? What are We Teaching? Preparing Acting Students for the New Golden Age, and was written by actor-director-teacher Welker White. Here is one of my favorite passages: Right now, students at hundreds of MFA […]

Sci-Fi’s New (Old?) Theatre Magic

I want to connect some threads I’ve been thinking about as of late. Part of this stems directly from one of my last blog posts, in which I re-examined my conceptions of ancient Greek theatre and how it can become a fascinating tool for a modern audience to reconnect with the past and, by doing […]

The Middle Ground of Resistance

Last night, I saw I Am Not Your Negro at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. It was my Valentine’s Day date with myself. I Am Not Your Negro tells the story of James Baldwin, from the perspective of the writer himself. The film was narrated by the powerful Samuel L. Jackson, who managed to embody both Baldwin’s relentlessness […]

It’s La La land but much better, and Irish.

There has been a recent trend in hollywood to recapture the “American Movie Musical”. This has been a trend a long time in the making but, is finally beginning to gain ground with the box office success of films such as Les Miserable and Into the Woods. La La land technically also falls into the […]

For Those Who Like the Magic, But Not the Morals

JK Rowling seems to have broken a lot of hearts the last few days. Unlike most stories that involve the well-known author of the Harry Potter series, this time it’s not about the books. Well, not really. After publicly speaking out against the Trump administration, Rowling faced criticisms from her now ex-fans, many who vowed to […]

Telling Someone Else’s Story FALSELY

In a comment on one of my posts earlier today, an article was referenced as potentially being in conversation with the one in my post (Telling Someone Else’s Story, article here). After reading it, it is very much in conversation with the article on Pig Girl. The article pertained to the film ‘Out of the […]

‘Tis the Season

In earlier posts, I have discussed films as causes of controversy and as a means to satiate the public’s thirst for entertainment. But now, it is that time of year to discuss the more “artistic” side of Hollywood. Yes, folks, we are gearing up for Oscar season! Unlike summer, winter is the time of year […]

Are We Not Entertained?

Summer movie blockbuster season might be my favorite time of for movies in that my brain can have a rest from the cerebral work from Oscar season, which we currently are entering. That said, now that it is time for Oscar-bait, movies that are considered the most artistic, its a bit disjointed to hear about […]

About Time…for joy.

Last night, I had the absolute pleasure of watching the film About Time starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams. While I enjoyed myself more than I have in quite a long time watching a film, I found myself asking the question ‘why now?’ I’ve been asking that question a lot lately. I’ve discovered that if a […]

Kiss & Cry (& Cry & Cry & Cry)

Last week, a friend and dramaturg, Amrita Ramanan, recommended that I attend a production at Arts Emerson by the Belgian dance company, Charleroi Danses.  The piece is called Kiss & Cry.  Kiss & Cry is hard to categorize—it is not just theatre, not just film, and not just dance, but an intricate combination of the […]