BAND AID

The beauty of Band Aid is that while every happy couple may be alike, not every romantic comedy about them has to be. Director Zoe Lister-Jones (who also wrote, produced, and stars) manages to avoid the pitfalls of a typical romantic comedy and the dull pacing of an indie film; which, for a first-time filmmaker, is nothing to sneeze at. Much like the works of John Cassavetes and Roberto Rossellini, Lister-Jones injects her characters with refreshing energy and realism. No behavior is out of place, no conclusion strained. There is little doubt that Anna (Lister-Jones) and Ben (Adam Pally) aren’t … Continue reading BAND AID

MEET THE PATELS

Talk to anyone, and you’ll find that marriage has about a 50% success rate. Whether the two know it each other a lifetime, or have just met. Whether they date for years or for weeks. Whether they choose each other or it was arranged, marriage success is roughly the same. Everyone has a fifty-fifty chance. If this is true, why then put so much emphasis on it? Why fret and sweat, hoping to finding a perfect and compatible mate when the outcome is essentially a coin-flip? Emotions? Most likely. Fear? Definitely. But I suspect that tradition is most likely the strongest reason. … Continue reading MEET THE PATELS