Movie Review: Burroughs – the Movie

Burroughs -The Movie, the first long feature documentary made about the author by the same name, offers us an intimate portrait of a controversial man. Part of why this film is so personal is due to the close friendship that developed between Burroughs and Howard Brookner, the director, during the 5 year long filming process. Initially Brookner’s senior thesis at NYU, the film was subsequently expanded into a feature and received widely positive reviews upon its release. The film material was restored and digitalized in 2012 by Brookner’s nephew, Aaron Brookner and was then released in 2014, the year of Burroughs’ 100th birthday. The documentary wins over its audience due to Burroughs’ honesty in recounting his life, which leads to the impression that despite his shortcomings as a responsible adult and father, there was a fairly likeable character hiding behind his cheeky smile.

 

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A Throwback Thursday Special

 

The Elevator 

The elevator at the end of the hallway in the East Wing of Jackson Court, an apartment house like many others in mid-town Manhattan, was the most frequented out of three, constantly sighing under the effort to stop its pace whenever someone decided to press the button which broke the smooth descending and ascending of the restless car. One might wonder why only the East Wing elevator seemed forever busy carting people night and day without even a moment to rest. 

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Below you’ll find some answers to a few questions about the story, first published for the STP Anthology Blog Hop in January 2013.

Q & A

What is the title of your story?

The Elevator.

Describe your story in 1 sentence.

Eight people get trapped in an elevator.

Where did you get the idea for this story?

A friend of mine got trapped in an elevator. But I also feel there are many people who are sort of trapped in their life. The expectations they themselves and society build up around them are like walls they cannot escape.

What else about this story will enthrall readers?

I hope it will make them think and reflect on their own life. I hope they will ask themselves if they feel trapped somehow and what they could do about it.