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The Trial of the Chicago 7

2020Director/Writer: Aaron Sorkin As a self-proclaimed history buff, I am completely ashamed at how little I knew about the trial of the Chicago 7 going into the film, but I think that lack of knowledge made the film even more impactful for me because I wasn’t sure what to expect. The project is 13 years […]

Last Call: The Shutdown of NYC Bars

2021Director: Johnny Sweet Last Call: The Shutdown of NYC Bars is a documentary that chronicles the impact COVID-19 had on the hospitality industry in New York, mainly focusing on two bars in Queens in the early months of the pandemic. Director Johnny Sweet interviewed employees of Diamond Dogs and Sparrow as well as a few […]

Nomadland

2020Director: Chloé ZhaoStarring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn When the Great Recession hit, Fern (Frances McDormand) not only lost her job and home, but her husband became ill and passed away. In fact, her town basically disappeared from the map after losing its zip code. Having always had a nomadic disposition, Fern began living her life […]

Outstanding Directors of the Year

Tonight I had the tremendous pleasure of watching the Outstanding Directors of the Year presentation, which honored four out of the five Oscar-nominated directors in this year’s race: Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), David Fincher (Mank), Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) and Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round). So many prestigious directors have been honored with this award, including Bong […]