Film Review – 2/28/12


Written and Directed by Josh Radnor

To my surprise I found this really great movie on Netflix but apparently they are taking it off in like 2 days. So if you have netflix, hurry up and watch it.

It stars Josh Radnor and Kate Mara which instantly brought two of my favorite tv shows to my head, How I Met Your Mother and American Horror Story.

I was nervous to see a really good tv actor in a semi-serious movie but it has the quirky attribute to it which I am in love with. It was nice to see a movie from a guys prospective too which makes it even better because Josh Radnor actually directed it, which amazes me.

The relationship between Josh’s character, Sam and the lost boy, Rasheen, seemed familiar in a Big Daddy sense. It had the whole older man takes care of younger boy feel which is legally impossible and in no way will end on the terms the main character hopes. In addition to this story, like many rom-coms, there are side stories following Sam’s cousin and her relationship to her LA obsessed boyfriend and Sam’s best friend Annie who suffers from alopecia, struggles with her self-image causing her to have commitment issues.

Overall this is story about defining what it means to love and be loved.

A plus to this movie, for me, is that its set in NYC. Since I currently reside in NYC I feel a certain connection to this film. I find that it makes me inspired to see what can actually be done in the city with more of an indie film sense. It wont be long till I’m forced to make my own films and movies like this definitely prepare me for that.


My Blog-speration!

Scouting New York 

There are many steps in preproduction that sometimes end up overlooked.
A Location Scout might be one of those steps. Back at my old college I took a class called Movie Business. This class was taught by Nora Brown, a location scout that lived in/around Rochester. When I found this out I didn’t really think that much of it. It felt like it was just a job that consisted of a person sitting in an office waiting for calls and googling locations and asking to film in them.

I was wrong.

When I moved to the city in August I came across this blog Scouting New York. Basically Nick Carr, a location scout, goes around New York taking pictures of a wide range of places for filming possibilities and post the pictures as well as his experiences in these places on his blog. I was instantly hooked onto this blog because he went places that sometimes average people aren’t allowed to go and he takes pictures for all to see. It also was intriguing because it showed  places around the city that are cool and some that may have appeared in old films.

I find this to be an inspiring blog because it sheds light on another important role played in a films production. After all location is key.


An animation I made in the spring of 2011. I was given the task of making an animation of any length about any subject with the only requirement of five different shots. I felt like it would be easier to work with inanimate objects rather than working with people and forcing them to stay still and move in small increments. Turns out working with small objects is just as hard. Especially all the crumbs that came from the cookies and the brown sugar “sand”. I have to say that I never felt more ridiculous in my life than when I was gluing candy and cookies to pieces of paper or when I was drawing on an animal cracker, that was pretty weird.

Hope you enjoy!