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I got to talking to my friend C.C., of the Actress Model Whatever podcast, last night about stuff and shit and we got around to discussing worthwhile things to do this Summer that didn't involve debauchery. I had to admit that I hadn't planned a single thing this Summer that didn't involve catering to some selfish whim or another.  She mentioned Zeno Mountain Farm, an organization that runs camps in Venice Beach, Vermont, Guatemala and Florida. They're set up ... Read More
  Today’s the day! Side Effects, the chilling psychological thriller featuring Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, and Channing Tatum, is hitting shelves on DVD/BluRay. Mara stars as a disturbed women whose psychiatrist gives her experimental drugs to treat her terrifying anxiety. This leads to deadly consequences, twists you won’t predict, and a (spoiler alert:) topless Channing Tatum. Aw yeah. If you haven’t seen it yet, or if ... Read More
I never really connected with Star Trek as a kid. I grew up with a Luke Skywalker action figure firmly gripped in one chubby hand and Darth Vader hectoring him from the other. The schism between the two sci-fi camps, Wars vs Trek, has been joked about forever. For me, the dashing heroism, the witty (to an eight-year-old) banter and sense of adventure in the Star Wars films made the stilted pseudo-science committee-meeting blather of Trek seem like a roomful of ... Read More
Two girls romp around the city, tap dancing and play fighting and falling asleep together like puppies. Except they’re not girls, they’re women, and they’re about to be smacked in the face by the reality of adult friendships. Frances (played by co-screenwriter Greta Gerwig) and Sophie (Mickey Sumner) are so tight that Frances turns down moving in with her boyfriend because she wants to keep living with Sophie. But when Sophie announces she wants ... Read More
I’m totally in a glass case of emotion right now. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are making a cameo in the sequel of Anchorman, along with pretty much everyone and their mom. Recent pictures feature the two ganging up on Sasha Baron Cohen, with crow bars, no less. Is the former Weekend Update duo partaking in the news anchor rumble to end all news anchor rumbles? Here's to hoping. It’s good to see some ladies crashing the boys club at the Channel 4 News ... Read More
I live in Brooklyn, and I woke up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and saw a small roach run behind my toilet tank. As I was half asleep, sans glasses and in my underpants, there was little I could do about it - so I crawled back into bed. Right before I sank back into sleep, the last thought in my mind was "I don't think I want to live in New York forever." Waking up and watching Kat Gardiner's gorgeous mini-documentary about wooden boat carpentry, ... Read More
The Source Family, a new documentary by Maria Demopoulos, is a fascinating journey into the depths of the psychedelic era of the early 1970’s. Opening yesterday at the IFC Center in NYC, the film is set to make the rounds around the country. Get ready for a crazy glimpse into a world that fascinates, repulses, but ends up sticking with you. The film follows the story of Jim Baker, famously known as Father Yod, who led the spiritual collective known as the ... Read More
  Wadjda (Waad Mohammed) is a straight-up badass. Under her traditional Saudi Arabian garb, the 10-year-old girl rocks Chuck Taylors, and her cassette player (yeah, she's that cool) screams indie rock from Grouplove.  All Wadjda wants is a bike, so she can race her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohandi), a boy from the neighborhood. Despite being constantly reminded that "girls don't ride bikes," Wadjda hustles money left and right, and is so ... Read More
Deepa Mehta, the woman behind the Elements film trilogy—Fire, Earth, and Water—directs this adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s 1980 novel, an epic story that deftly combines elements of magical realism, historical fiction, Indian postcolonial literature, and deeply personal family dynamics.At midnight on August 17, 1947—the very moment of India’s independence from Great Britain—two baby boys are born to two families on ... Read More
In the wake of 9/11, a Pakistani man named Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) finds himself in a whirlwind of conflicting feelings and disturbing situations. Based on the eponymous novel by Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist begins with Changez answering a journalist's questions for an article. He hopes Changez will reveal the location of a kidnapped American professor, but Changez has a different agenda in mind. He tells the story of his rise to success after ... Read More
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