Boston Underground Film Festival 2023 Recap and Review


I lined up at the little ticket booth outside the Brattle Theatre near Harvard, unsure of what to expect. My mind swam with images from the clean, modern precision of a very official event to the strangeness of mask-wearing, dim halls of an underground group. I guess it was my mind’s attempt to put the… Read more »

There’s a Lee’s Garden for All of Us


“If Catholics are having a crisis of conscience, they go to the church, if Jews are having a crisis of conscience, they go eat Chinese food.”  This is what an interviewee of Day’s Lee told her in the documentary “Meet and Eat at Lee’s Garden” when trying to illustrate the idea that the restaurant, opened… Read more »

Man and Woman in front of large window.

New Directors New Films March 29-April 9


Late Friday afternoon March 13, 2020, Bill Wolf, the preeminent 94-year-old senior critic of the New Directors/New Films press corp, and this writer scurried out of the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd St. We’d just finished watching Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains, a gorgeous 150-minute Chinese epic, the last film of the first… Read more »

Neon Spring Review


“Neon Spring” is a coming-of-age film that follows Laine, played by Marija Luize Melk, a 20-year-old college student who is exploring the world of sex, drugs, and parties. These exuberant, excitement-filled nights are coupled with her “day” life. Her family is facing interpersonal problems, and she is searching to find her footing within the world…. Read more »

Woman in city.

The Life, the Light, and the Shadows: The Stroll


The world premiere of “The Stroll,” a documentary from directors Kristen Lovell and Zackary Drucker (“Transparent,” “The Lady and the Dale,” “Framing Agnes”) at the Sundance 2023 Film Festival offered festival goers an unforgettable experience of walking through New York City as way to acknowledge the trans experience over the last three decades of the… Read more »

Magic Mike’s Last Dance Review


Disclaimer: I have not seen the first or second installment of “Magic Mike,” but it was a Thursday night, the boy who flew across the country to visit me was with his friend in Maine, and I had nothing else to do, therefore I had nothing left to lose.  “To bridge people together from different… Read more »