Movie Review: Lion (2016)

Lion (2016) in one word: raw. A beautiful score alongside the pivotal acting of Sunny Pawar (young Saroo) weaves an intricate true-story account of a orphaned Indian boy in the late 1980's. Saroo embarks on a painstaking journey from fear and isolation to finding refuge thousands of miles away.  Refuge is not always perfect however, …

Airplane Mode: Take-off That Lazy

I’m currently typing away at 30,000 feet, a few weeks ahead of when this blog post is going live. I’m on a red-eye flight, cruising above millions of people sleeping peacefully below. Way below.   I can’t think about it for too long, or it really starts to freak me out. So, I’ll make it short …

5 Fears that Paralyze (According to Twyla Tharp)

Your mind is your greatest asset and also your most dangerous enemy. I am a firm believer that you are the only thing that stands in the way of living your passions.  A few years ago, I read The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.  Mrs. Tharp is a renown dancer and choreographer, having had decades of …

Dread: Why We Love You So

I hate scary movies, but I love dread. Now, let me explain. Don't get me wrong, I love a movie full of suspense (Try Prisoners), but a movie that's just out there to keep you up at night,  I'll pass.   We've all been there. We have that friend... Friend: *scrolling through Netflix*, "Oooooo let's watch a scary movie." Me: "I'm not about that life.  Let's watch Stepbrothers."

Book Review: A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea

As educational as it is horrifically gut-wrenching, Melissa Fleming’s “A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea”, is sure to grab your soul and throw it on spin cycle. Fleming paints the Syrian landscape in broad beautiful strokes, while also honing in on the true story of one teenage girl, Doaa, as her beloved homeland is …

Wonder Woman: Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

Wonder Woman.  I’d heard good things and my hopes were high.  It didn't disappoint.  After, I couldn't stop thinking why this movie was so stirring, and altogether successful. Sure, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine gave noteworthy performances, but Rotten Tomatoes critics ringing in at 93%.  For a superhero movie?   I mean come on, that …