- Chicago, Illinois, USA
- January 08
- Freelance Writer
- I'm a freelance writer and blogger when I'm not working 9 to 5. I graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in film and screenwriting. I'm particularly interested in the intersection of media (usually film) and culture. I've contributed to Examiner.com as the Chicago Cult Classics Examiner and have been interviewed by USA Today for my film expertise. I write at a few other places (both for myself and other people), which you find below My Links.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Michelangelo Antonioni: Man
August 01, 2011 10:57PM
- This is Something I Wrote
June 24, 2011 01:36PM
- 'Tree of Life': All I Can
Formulate Thus Far
June 21, 2011 03:56PM
- New German Cinema: "When we
are bad, nobody forgets."
April 29, 2011 01:39AM
- 'Melancholia': End of the
World as Lars von Trier Knows
April 13, 2011 02:37PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “James - I think that's
the best part about von Trier
can say he's
April 13, 2011 06:37PM
- “Thanks for the kind
comments! Appreciate the reads
March 09, 2011 02:05AM
- “For everyone asking, I
did read the other screenplays
February 24, 2011 10:39AM
- “white and black -
Thanks! Yeah, I just know I
same thing while
February 23, 2011 09:38PM
- “Love this film to death,
and have been meaning to read
novel for quite some
February 23, 2011 09:32PM
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“I have never drawn, even as a child, either puppets or silhouettes but rather facades of houses and gates. One of my favourite games consisted of organising towns. Ignorant in architecture, I constructed buildings and streets crammed with little figures. I invented stories… Read full post »
Having found my love for writing by the age of seven, I have since gone through many stages of the craft throughout my life. Fads, if you will.
In elementary school, it was dad-illustrated, self-typed (couldn’t draw, but could type up a 10-page document at the age of… Read full post »
In the “boyhood” chapter of the film, Jack (the main character) as a child is running around with other neighborhood boys, causing a ruckus, encapsulating the very meaning of “boys will be boys.”
They fling rocks into the windows of (probably) abandoned houses.… Read full post »
I took a class called “New German Cinema” at the end of my freshman year of college. It was designated as a “seminar” credit, and I enrolled because I knew I was interested in becoming a film major at that point. I think I saw the words “cinema”… Read full post »
As a fan of Lars von Trier, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and
pretty much any "wedding movie" with a dark premise (don't ask),
I'm excited about this. Salon writer Drew Grant already
referred to it as
"Rachel Getting Married meets Donnie Darko,"
which seems fair, at least from this trailer.
Ei… Read full post »
Photo by: Colleen Claes, March 2011
This photo I took outside of one store (the posh Maison Martin Margiela store in… Read full post »
"I think that I used to love Hollywood movies. I remember great phases and moments. But, unfortunately, now is not the moment."
Sofia Coppola "canned champagne." Yes, it really is the best thing in a can. Go buy it at your nearest alcoholic beverages depot now. It's a tiny pink can filled with bubbly sparkling wine and even has a tiny pink straw attached, picnic-ready. So obviously, I drank… Read full post »
"The trap has nylon nets called ‘heads.’ Two side heads to let the lobster crawl in. And inside, what’s called a bedroom head holds the bait, and keeps him from escaping. You know the old saying: ‘Two’s company, three’s a crowd?’ Well, it’s l… Read full post »
I wanted so badly to be annoyed by Paper Heart (2009) and, in particular, Charlyne Yi. But instead, I found myself smiling throughout pretty much the whole damn thing. Though Yi is definitely an acquired taste, an odd bird, etc., etc., her charm and/… Read full post »
"He says something. She doesn't mind, she answers. They have no memories, no plans. Time builds itself painlessly around them. As landmarks, they have the very taste of this moment they live, and scribbling on the walls."
I rewatched one of my… Read full post »
Originally written for and posted on RootSpeak, November 11, 2010.
A friend recommended In Treatment to me about a year ago and so I started watching season one. I became addicted to the show pretty quickly, gobbling it up in large amounts at… Read full post »
Dear feminists: Can we please stop arguing how sexist The Social Network is? Signed, a fellow feminist.
I hadn't even seen the movie yet when I came across an article on Jezebel's homepage, entitled: "The Social Network, Where Women Never Have Ideas." Sounded pretty/… Read full post »
I'm sure this has been widely seen by now, but I can't get over it. She is nine years old and doing it better than most adult pop stars. "Whip My Hair" Willow Smith (daughter of Will, of course) is one solid music video. There's been some… Read full post »
Note to the reader: This post contains
spoilers, but not much more than what is revealed in the film's
I apologize. It's too easy to make a crack about whether or not a film adaptation of a novel about clones is a "good enough clone"… Read full post »
If you hadn't heard of the noisy but catchy lo-fi band Sleigh Bells before, you probably have now between the MTV coverage and the ever-dreaded indie-rock-band-goes-to-car-ads Honda commercial. I'm not sure why, but this is almost exactly how I imagined the music video to be for… Read full post »
Darren Aronofsky's anticipated Black Swan has already screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. So far, the reviews seem relatively divided (as could be expected), while some critics seem almost in awe of the disturbing film - one that the director ha… Read full post »
Originally published in Brittany Julious' "Antic" literary magazine -
There’s a lot of talk about hipsters these days. Well, there are stages of the talk about hipsters.
First, there’s the recognition of something being too out of your reach, too involved in some other kind of pop cultu… Read full post »
I went to Lollapalooza this past weekend (thanks to my boyfriend taking me), and I had a semi-spiritual reaction to seeing Arcade Fire live. They closed the festival Sunday night (well, with Soundgarden across the park, but really - who goes to see Soundgarden in 2010?), and… Read full post »
Why can't I write? Or do anything creative or productive, for that matter?
When I was unemployed for too many months after college graduation, I thought I felt useless because I didn't have a job. Now I have a full-time job that I enjoy, and I still feel useless… Read full post »
Originally posted on June 24, 2010, this version includes two important updates.
For some reason, memoirs have steadily become my favorite literary genre as I grow older. It's also the genre I gravitate towards when I write. Creative nonfiction is something I relish in - being… Read full post »
For some reason, memoirs have steadily become my favorite literary genre as I grow older. It's also the genre I gravitate towards when I write. Creative nonfiction is something I relish in - being able to understand someone else's experience, whether there be complete differences or scary similaritie… Read full post »