Cinematic Paradiso part one

Cinema Paradiso

This week I decided to watch a film everyday as I make sense of the world. Some say that art imitates life; others say life imitates art. I decided to put it to the test as I challenge my day-to-day experiences through the lens or lenses per se of the big screen.


{MONDAY} Insta-famous or Insta-lonely? One girls’ quest for friends and followers. (Ingrid Goes West) Cast: Audrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olson. Directed by Matt Spicer

Ingrid grows up not having genuine friends. In hopes to fill this void she turns to the interweb of socialness A.K.A Instagram and Facebook to find beacons that will light her way to happiness. Ingrid stumbles upon Taylor’s profile; a vibrant trendsetter who has the “BEST” that Los Angeles life (Prayer Hands Emoji) has to offer. In discovering Taylor’s online persona, Ingrid decides to move to L.A .as she hopes to follow in the steps of her Insta-role model.

Internet personas are tricky. We’ve grown to adopt everything we see online as truth and have commoditized ourselves to fit a mold. Using a byte size portion of the Internet, life gets magnified and unfortunately has repercussions thus leaving a person underwhelmed. My recent experience with this paradigm is one of dating. Interestingly enough it’s an encounter where my interactions in real time created problems online. An impasse occurred where the person I’m “seeing” has to decide if he values reality or his online identity.


{TUESDAY} Epic cannon from the gospel of Nolan. Masterfully done with technical precision. (Dunkirk) Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy Directed by: Christopher Nolan

400,000 soldiers left behind, 35,000 needed. Christopher Nolan provides cinematic joy as he tells the story of the allied troops that were evacuated from the northern town of Dunkirk in France during World War ll.

Today I was reminded how fortunate I am. As I have freedom and rights some would die for. Having the ability to walk away from an awful situation is an action some people don’t have. Much like waiting for a ship of absolution that may or not arrive, I am thankful.


{WEDNESDAY} Comedic powerhouse of female proportions. (Girls Trip) Cast: Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

Two words, Flossy Possy. The girls are back together and stronger than ever. Showcasing the power of friendship, the unity of laughter and downright raunchiness of reality. Girls Trip proves you don’t choose the ones you consider family.

Today I was reminded of what it was like to have a “flossy possy.” A group of friends that support and defend you until the end, I miss those days.

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