Illuminating Brooklyn’s Sky in Solidarity With Boston
Lucky Tran wrote in Community, Creativity and Boston

After the bombings in Boston yesterday, the security response was huge in New York. Manhattan was in lockdown, with police swarming everywhere, and people were told by the authorities to run and hide inside their homes. So we decided to stay in Brooklyn and project on one of it’s most iconic and most loved buildings: the
Brooklyn Academy of Music. BAM didn’t know about it, and at first security was suspicious, but as soon as they saw the message, they embraced us with approval. Even police officers who drove by gave us a warm nod and beep. It was a sweet moment when we saw a plea for peace trump the rules…

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#Baseball love (at Nationals Park)

#Baseball love (at Nationals Park)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis w/ @gabbiegirl2012!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis w/ @gabbiegirl2012!

Ultimately, Ebert brought the ability to debate and talk about movies into the mainstream; his greatest legacy may in the long run not be the movie reviews themselves. It may simply be opening several generations to an idea that has been there all along: the discussion of art between two people can be a powerful thing, revealing sometimes more about the viewer than the piece itself.

Remembering Roger Ebert

I wrote a few hundred words on Roger. 

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Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it….Almost Famous is about the world of rock, but it’s not a rock film, it’s a coming-of-age film, about an idealistic kid who sees the real world, witnesses its cruelties and heartbreaks, and yet finds much room for hope. The Penny Lane character is written with particular delicacy, as she tries to justify her existence and explain her values (in a milieu that seems to have none). It breaks William’s heart to see how the married Russell mistreats her. But Penny denies being hurt. Kate Hudson has one scene so well-acted, it takes her character to another level. William tells her, “He sold you to Humble Pie for 50 bucks and a case of beer.” Watch the silence, the brave smile, the tear and the precise spin she puts on the words, “What kind of beer?” It’s not an easy laugh. It’s a whole world of insight.

-Roger Ebert

This review was one of the first things I thought of when I heard the news of Roger Ebert’s passing yesterday. Coming across years after it was originally written, I thought his phrasing so beautiful and his explanation so moving that I had to run out and find this movie, which tellingly is now my favorite film. 

I was taken aback by how sad I felt yesterday for a man I had never met but the thing is, I love films and I owe so much of how I view film to Roger Ebert. Watching and reading his reviews opened up an entire new world of discussion on film — that simply watching the movie was not the end but that there was more to be analyzed, compared and theorized about. Before I thought if I do not enjoy a film, it has failed but he made me think about the nuances of film - of acting, of plot development, of editing, of musical scores but also of what a film (any film, even the most insipid) reflects about the human condition. I must say, for anyone who loves film - we lost a good one yesterday. 


The moment we have all been waiting for: Kid President meets the President

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LOVE these rap lyrics turned into actual street signs. And there’s MORE of them.

Love everything about this!

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n. a conversation in which everyone is talking but nobody is listening—each telling stories of their grandparents, their funny dog story, their embarrassing high school memory—together overlaying disconnected words like a game of Scrabble, each player borrowing bits of other anecdotes as a way to increase their own score, until we all run out of things to say.

THIS a million times over —

….And Matt & Kim just won this whole ‘Harlem Shake’ thing. 

The B-the-R-the-O-the-O-K / Best in world and all USA

Just a tiny bit homesick..might be time for a visit..