The Lady

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi recently made headlines when her Burmese opposition party took 43 of the 45 vacant seats in the lower level of their parliament. Her journey to this place of success was anything but easy, and now her earlier rise to power in the 1990s has been fictionalized on […]

Girl Model

Thumping techno music, glamorous runways, exotic locales – ah, the supermodel life. But as RuPaul warns, “You better work.” A bleak document of desperate dreams, Girl Model focuses on mousy, 13-year-old Nadya as she is plucked from barren Russia to strut her stuff in prepubescent girl-crazed Tokyo. The boot camp odyssey, where bewildered teenagers – […]

The Hunger Games

Having just finished reading the incredibly addictive Suzanne Collins novel, and having fallen in love with heroine Katniss Everdeen during that process, I could barely breathe before seeing the film adaptation. I found myself holding my breath quite often throughout the film, which depicts an annual sporting event where children of supposed lesser stock battle […]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

The people behind Salmon Fishing in the Yemen are fully aware of how ridiculous the title of their movie is. In fact, director Lasse Hallström (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) capitalizes on just how ludicrous the entire concept of transplanting salmon fishing as a sport from Ireland to the Yemen truly […]