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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Sustainability & Film: Frances Ha


Frances-Ha-film-stillIt’s hard to think of a better movie about the sustainability of youthful enthusiasm than Noah Baumbach’s simultaneously charming and distressing dramedy “Frances Ha.” While the post-college transition or non-transition into adulthood is a popular indie-movie theme (and one of my personal favorites), Frances Ha manages to examine it with a hand that is both hyper-realistic and graceful. Greta Gerwig gives one of my favorite performances of 2013 as Frances, a 27 year-old apprentice dancer who lives in Brooklyn with her best friend Sophie. With her dancing career not taking off as she had hoped, Frances’ friendship with Sophie acts as her mental cushion against a discouraging reality. This gets taken away from her when Sophie decides to move in with someone else, and Frances is forced to re-examine the state of her life. Continue reading


Sustainability & Film: Her


her-rooney-mara-600x337Writer-Director Spike Jonze’s Her is an altogether beautiful film. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. One of the film’s themes, written with plenty of sharp insight by Jonze, is the sustainability of human relationships when the factor of individual growth and change is in play. This is reflected upon not only in main character Theodore’s (Joaquin Phoenix) past relationship with his ex-wife Catherine (Rooney Mara), but in the romance he develops with his new operating system Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson), whose consciousness develops at a rate even faster than us humans. For two people to connect amidst an ocean of personal grey area is nothing short of miraculous. But how well can those entities stay connected when both of them are progressing in different ways, at different speeds? Continue reading