SULLY

On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 departed LaGuardia airport at 3:24 p.m. There were 155 souls, including captain and crew, on board. Roughly 208 seconds later, flight 1549 was forced to land on the Hudson River no more than seven miles away from takeoff. No one was seriously injured and within 24 minutes, NY Waterway ferries, the New York Fire Department, New York Police Department and the US Coast Guard had all 155 passengers rescued and safely back on dry land. This event would come to be known as “The Miracle on the Hudson” and Captain Chesley “Sully” … Continue reading SULLY

THE BFG

What motivates an artist to return time and time again to the formative and gentle years of childhood? Is it a rejection of the adult world, the world of responsibility and accountability? Or is it a plea to the next generation? Here is where we failed, please to be avoiding these pitfalls. Those who tell stories about their experience are trying to understand now. Those who tell children’s tales, try to understand the future. What makes the latest Roald Dahl cinematic adaptation, The BFG, a success is that the forces behind the movie are nothing if not fascinated about what … Continue reading THE BFG

Movie Beat – 11.08.13

The Armstrong Lie – “Sure I cheated. BUT, I didn’t cheat that one time, and I want credit for it.” Seems like a silly argument to take, but Lance Armstrong was a cheater, what else would you expect? In 2009, director Alex Gibney and producer Frank Marshall set out to make a documentary about Lance Armstrong, the man who overcame testicular cancer and became the poster boy of cycling. Over the course of the lionization of Armstrong, the truth came out, and boy did the subject change course. Documentary out in limited release from Sony Pictures Classics.   At Berkeley … Continue reading Movie Beat – 11.08.13