Margin Call (2011): Closer to Wall Street

At last, a Wall Street film which dispenses of my despised clichés of Wall Street films. J.C. Chandor’s first full-length feature film has no testosterone-fueled males screaming at each other across the boardroom, no gratuitous flashes of 45mm chronographs from under perfectly tailored shirts, and, more important, no hackneyed dialogue about power and greed. Having…

Sympathy for the Devil: the Editrix in Film

In The Devil wears Prada, I realize we are meant to empathize with the earnest writer-turned-fashion-assistant Andy Sachs. She nearly sacrifices her writing career, loses her chef boyfriend, has to ditch her comfortable clothes, and is at the service of her editrix boss (the devil of the film), Miranda Priestly. In R.J. Cutler’s documentary The…

Farewell, New Yorker: Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

Through all of Ms. Ephron’s numerous accomplishments – novelist, screenwriter, observer, critic, food lover – I particularly appreciated her attitude toward sad or even tragic situations. She confronted death, love, loss, grief, and profound life changes with her intelligence, humor and wit. She had a talent for highlighting the myriad ways in which life is…