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Brooklyn, NY
Everything I say is contextual: Writer; Film/TV/Theater addict; Film programmer; Opinionated native-San Franciscan turned New Yorker and now Brooklynite.
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Maybe the third time’s a charm. I mean for this post. I started it last night; restarted from scratch earlier this evening; and now as I get ready to close-out another birthday, I’ve started over once again. Why is it so hard? I can’t say. The “birthday post” was long... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Out of Focus
"Aaron," yelled my boss. This was not unusual. Her dark, wood-paneled, windowless office was about 20 feet down the hall from my little nook that looked out onto San Vicente Blvd. "Yes, Susan?" I called back. "Come here, please." Also, not unusual. But once I got there, pad in hand:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at Out of Focus
(Obviously, spoilers present. 'Nuff said.) The relationship between Walt and his son forms the primary foundation at the heart of "Breaking Bad." (Photo credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC) I suppose I'm not surprised that many felt less satisfied with the "Felina" – excuse me, the finale – of Breaking Bad than I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at Out of Focus
I did something different this year before sitting down to write this post: I read the previous nine. Since I began this blog in Feb. 2004, I can only claim one constant: Without fail, on Sept. 21st of each year, I have written a post acknowledging, sometimes even celebrating my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2013 at Out of Focus
Each time I interview another cable network programming head, the conversation gets my brain abuzzin' on larger stories among the film and television landscape. As I planned for and spoke to David Nevins for the third interview in this series at Indiewire, I kept thinking about Showtime in relation to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at Out of Focus
In the second of my interviews with cable network programming heads for Indiewire, I spoke with President and General Manager of Sundance Channel, Sarah Barnett. Sundance Channel made noise earlier this year with the premiere of Jane Campion's limited series Top of the Lake and the six-episode first season of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at Out of Focus
Perry SImon of BBC America What a great way to start a (Jewish) New Year: For some time now, I've been working on putting together a series of interviews with cable network programming heads for Indiewire. Today, they published the first of these: my chat with BBC America General Manager... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at Out of Focus
My transformation from casual movie enthusiast to full-blown cinema addict occurred during the summer of 1989, between my 1st and 2nd years of college. Clichés exist because of their inherent truths, so it should come as no surprise that my entry into this obsessive world occurred while working at a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at Out of Focus
I probably spend too much time marking milestones. I often attribute significance to dates, especially when I'm able to choose both the event and the date. For instance: Jan. 1, 1995: Quit smoking once and for all. Oct. 23, 1996: Left L.A. and moved to New York. Feb. 26, 2004:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2013 at Out of Focus
Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences made history when it elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs as its new president, making her the third woman and first African-American to lead the organization. But another monumental shift also occurred last week that may not have seemed so important to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Out of Focus
Today Indiewire published a piece I wrote about the portrayal of kids coming-of-age on The Brady Bunch. It's the third in a series of five stories they're running this week to mark tomorrow night's launch of Participant Media's exciting new cable network pivot. As I think about all those afternoons... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2013 at Out of Focus
More violent than any of the tentpole summer blockbusters at the local multiplex, Joseph Losey's 1963 film The Servant examines the diminished and disintegrating British class system of its era. This new restoration for the film's 50th anniversary presents a stunningly claustrophobic and utterly engaging experience for audiences, and if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Out of Focus
I once loved to drive. During my eight years living in Los Angeles, I regularly drove myself home to San Francisco to see my family. It didn't take much longer than flying onec I accounted for getting to the airport early, the flight itself, and then the drive to my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at Out of Focus
Several years ago, I started having not-quite-epiphanies: Moments of realization in which something I already knew becomes consciously absorbed. I was not having giant light bulb moments; these weren't sudden ideas that popped into my brain out of nowhere. Rather, I experienced flashes of clarity on subjects not foreign to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at Out of Focus
I will stipulate that compressing the life of one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th Century is no easy task. Satisfying all audiences is impossible. The creators of a big, meant-for-Broadway musical must omit fun, interesting and clever bits of story and information, and too, they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Out of Focus
On Aug. 12, 2012, I got married. That alone marks 2012 as a fantastic, fabulous, phenomenal, momentous year in The Life of Aaron. But otherwise, 2012 disappointed the hell out of me. It certainly was not as bad as 2009, and in certain ways, it improved upon both 2010 and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at Out of Focus
The Playbill for Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas -- which opened Tuesday at New York Theater Workshop – contains a “production history” timeline starting with the November 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln. The twelfth and final item dated “October-November 2012” notes the production’s rehearsal start, the arrival of Hurricane... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at Out of Focus
I guess I just expected so much more. The story behind the story of Richard Nixon’s infamous “Checkers” speech; Terry Kinney in the director’s chair and the very talented Anthony LaPaglia and Kathryn Erbe doing the majority of the heavy lifting on stage; a script by the politically astute Douglas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2012 at Out of Focus
In the program to his new play Sorry writer-director Richard Nelson writes, “It is my hope that these plays are about the need to talk, the need to listen, the need for theatre, and, I now add, the need to be in the same room together.” The immediacy of theater... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at Out of Focus
I don’t casually give standing ovations. Generally, I remain perfectly content to clap from my seat, even if I thoroughly enjoyed the just completed work. However, upon the final blackout of The Whale, I leapt to my feet to acknowledge the brilliant and award-worthy performance of Shuler Hensley, and to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Out of Focus
Oh, how I would love to be happy all the time! Wouldn't that be wonderful? For that very experience, vacationers spend thousands of dollars to visit the happiest place on Earth, Disney World. In so many ways, they leave the real world to enter an entirely different one, filled with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Out of Focus
In just two days, we will vote to elect a new president. But as I look forward at the next four years, it seems obvious that regardless of who wins the White House, true and new leadership is required even more in both houses of Congress. I have what I’m... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2012 at Out of Focus
If a blog sits dormant, seemingly abandoned, without a new post, is it still a blog? I’ve had a few big firsts since I last officially visited this space one year ago today. I’ve had several drive-bys here, but until now, have not stopped and left anything behind. Maybe not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2012 at Out of Focus
I have never been one to celebrate my birthday, at least not since my teens. I don’t precisely remember when I stopped regularly having birthday parties, but I do remember my last one: I had a party when I turned 30, precisely 10 years ago today; 10 days after the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2011 at Out of Focus
Shockingly, I meant to write in greater detail leading up to the Oscars tonight, but instead, all I have to set my picks in stone is the ballot I submitted to indieWIRE. I didn't do too well with the Spirits last night, since I thought the IFP crowd would want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Out of Focus