Sam
Rosenberg
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 1:56pm
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It’s no secret that the happy moments we post onto the internet are often a façade for the sadness we hide from ourselves and the rest of the world. Whether it’s posting about a job acceptance on Facebook, a video of partying at a nightclub on Snapchat or a photo at an exotic resort on Instagram, social media acts as a sort of smoke screen for our unfulfilled desires. We attempt to construct an idealistic, perfected image online in order to replace the gritty, flawed one that exists in real life.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 4:34pm
"Honey Boy"

Like a buried, bruised memory come to life, “Honey Boy” is as unabashedly raw in its depiction of troublesome father-son dynamics as it is vibrant in its fantastic performances.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 4:32pm
"Big Time Adolescence"

Experiment. Challenge. Question. Break.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 4:57pm
NOSELL

Considering how the story is based loosely on Baig’s own life experience, it’s somewhat exasperating that “Hala” fails to convey any new, insightful truths about the rocky tidal wave of growing up.

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 2:36pm
NOSELL

Crowds of critics would stand outside in the hallways of the theater, chatting and exchanging interpretations with intense vigor on what they just saw. Even when the hours and hours of watching movies felt like a chore, the post-screening conversations would beg to differ.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 5:00pm
NOSELL

From Sunday afternoon to night, I watched three queer-themed films: two coming-of-age stories — the enjoyable but inessential “Adam” and the dull “To the Stars” — and a documentary, “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 4:55pm
NOSELL

The first two days of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival felt a lot like the first two days of college. I was alone in an intimidating, new environment, surrounded by people I didn’t know, struggling to acclimate to a tight routine and figure out how to get from place to place. As someone in their final semester, I found this change to be especially jarring. But as the days went by, the Sundance experience slowly became less about trying to fit in with the festival’s esteemed guests and more about what the festival was really focused on: a celebration of independent cinema.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 5:23pm
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I am a constellation of contradictions. I eat vanilla and chocolate ice cream, often mixing the two together or finding a flavor somewhere in between. I listen mostly to indie music and classic vinyl, but I indulge in the stylings of top 40 pop from time to time (yes, I still like Maroon 5, what of it!). I enjoy serious and silly movies, from “The Godfather” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” to “She’s the Man” and “White Chicks.” But perhaps my greatest personal paradox is that I’m an “ambivert,” or rather, both an introvert and an extrovert.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:16pm
"Cam"

In an exclusive phone interview with The Michigan Daily, Goldhaber talks about the process of making the film, finding his lead from a “Black Mirror” episode and normalizing sex work through an immersive narrative.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 4:44pm
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Heavy breathing, a rapid heartbeat, trembling knees, a tightened throat — these are typical symptoms for someone who experiences performance anxiety. You know, that noxious feeling you get when you’re about to go onstage and speak, dance or sing in front of a crowd of people. I’ve had that anxiety for most of my life. Depending on the circumstances, I naturally become nervous and overwhelmed when the attention is put on me, especially when I don’t see it coming.