Month: August 2017

“Baby Driver”–For Millennials

[Originally published for Blog Critics, July 3, 2017] The highly praised feature film Baby Driver, starring newcomer Ansel Elgort as Baby, tells the story of a millenial car driver getting in and out of trouble while trying to capture the love of his life. Baby drives fast and furiously, shifting gears and tapping tunes he hears on this iPod (yes, an iPod) on his steering wheel while waitng for the criminal types he chauffeurs around to complete their heists–robbing banks and the post office. Baby’s boss, Doc, (the incomparable Kevin Spacey in a role not deserving of his talent) is owed...

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“The Salt of the Earth” (2014) –Drawing with Light

Iguana Marina Sebastiao Salgado, the renowned Brazilian sociopolitical photographer,  is the subject of this emotionally harrowing documentary. The viewer witnesses photographs of heartbreaking gravity and human agony, both unprecedented and breathtaking. The 2014 Academy Award nominated The Salt of the Earth reveals Salgado’s masterpieces of portraiture, political journalism, landscape, and animals in a way that evokes strong feelings. A display of Ansel Adams this is not! Perhaps the most startling experience in watching The Salt of the Earth is the beauty that is embedded in the tragic...

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