Tuesday of the World – ‘Force Majeure’ (2014)

Originally published on thedistantcloseup.com (Feb. 14th, 2017) Can you remember a family vacation that was so distinctly horrible that it stands out in spite of all of your attempts to block it from memory? If so, then maybe you’ll be able to identify with the hapless Swedish family so unfortunately trapped in familial hell in…

Thoroughly Modern Monday – ‘Lion’

Originally published on thedistantcloseup.com Every pool of Best Picture Oscar nominees has to have at least one bona fide tearjerker in the running, and this year, that title belongs to Lion. Starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman, the film is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian businessman who was…

Friday Night Lights, Camera, Action! – ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’

Originally published on thedistantcloseup.com (Feb. 10th, 2017) The Matrix trilogy may have been, and possibly will remain the bigger cultural phenomenon, but it seems destined that Keanu Reeves will be remembered most fondly for John Wick. Rarely before has he had such firm command of a character, and equally as rare has a character felt like the perfect…

“Los Angeles”

  As you can see, this next song is called, “Los Angeles,” where I had the good fortune to live for two months of my life. I briefly stayed in Burbank for close to two and a half months for a internship that would give me my first glimpse of what it’d be like to…

“Williamsburg” – Something Different

Hello, If you follow this blog, I probably should have let you all know that I write for my own site now. Like, a site whose title isn’t followed up with a secondary tag that tells people its a blog. It’s called The Distant Close-Up, I advertise it as much as possible and I write…

Wednesdependents’ Day – Sleepwalk with Me (2012)

One night in Walla Walla, Washington, stand-up comic Mike Birbiglia had a thoroughly interesting experience jumping through a second story window. The event was a result of sleepwalking, or more specifically rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, and he required 33 stitches in his leg. This and presumably other minor instances of sleepwalking became the…

Tuesday of the World – Big Bad Wolves (2013)

If Quentin Tarantino calls a film the best he’s seen all year, odds are you can take a pretty decent stab as to what it’s like. 2013’s Big Bad Wolves, an Israeli black comedy, depicts the lengths a desperate father and a disgraced detective will go to after abducting the alleged rapist and murderer of…