The essential movies that take place in “The Big Apple”.

Taxi Driver (1976)

Whether you love it or hate it, most can agree that New York City is perhaps the most iconic place in the world. It’s a melting pot of cultures that perfectly encapsulates the best and worst parts of American society. So it’s no wonder that so many movies utilize it as not only a setting but a character itself. Some of the greatest films of all time were set in NYC, and so I decided to layout a guide by genre for those who want to explore some of the best movies to call NYC home.


Animated movie recommendations for the 18+ crowd

Perfect Blue (1997)

Animation, despite its unique ability to portray stories in visually striking ways, tends to get a bad rep as being a children’s only medium. While animation does provide the perfect outlet for family-friendly stories, it’s a disservice to lump every animated film under that umbrella.

The Academy Awards themselves have been ultimately dismissive towards animation outside of Disney and Pixar, so it’s no surprise that many of the general public has developed this perception that animation=for kids. …

Discovering that my favorite movies were just a subtitle away…

Memories of Murder (2003)

After the South Korean film Parasite won the best picture award at the Oscars, it was the first time I had ever witnessed my parents watching a movie in a language different than our own. And not only did they watch it, but they were hooked from start to finish, as many of us who saw Parasite were.

It was at that moment, that I began to think about how many masterpieces had been ignored by the Academy Awards, and thus would never be on my parents or other casual movie watchers radars. I like to credit my discovery of…

The best movies that the Academy snubbed…

The Oscars 2021

As controversial as they are, it has become a tradition of mine to tune into the Oscars every year. I tend to disagree with many of their selections, but it still remains the biggest and most publicized award show about film. Being such a huge fan of movies, I like to watch some of the best films of the year get the attention they deserve.

Parasite (2019) winning the best picture award last year was a sign that maybe the Academy was going to change its status quo, and that we’d see more risk-taking films getting nominated. …

A pre/post pandemic assurance

Photo by Stefan Johnson on Unsplash

Going to a restaurant by yourself doesn’t make you weird or lonely. The first time I ate at a restaurant by myself, was while waiting for a friend to arrive so we could head to the basketball stadium to watch our favorite team. It was at a quiet, dimly lit spot in Brooklyn that specialized in hamburgers. After my order was taken, it felt nice to enjoy my usual podcasts in a different kind of ambiance.

Once the waiter set the burger in front of me, it felt like I could do whatever I wanted. No expectations of a conversation…

How I learned to appreciate where I’m from, and why you should too…

Being born and raised in New York is equal parts a blessing and a curse. We have the privilege of living in the cultural and economic capital of the world, but I think I speak for many New Yorkers when I say that we take it for granted. The question is, how does one take the place that they have lived in their whole life for granted? …

Malik Bellamy

Another New Yorker telling people what they should think about things.

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