Go ahead, bite the big apple (don’t mind the maggots)

In our ongoing campaign of world and Internet domination, Living in Cinema is pleased to announce that we’re opening up satellite offices in the heart of New York City. That’s right, The City That Never Sleeps.

As we speak, an advance team of LiC monkeys is flying out to get things off the ground (no, these aren’t flying monkeys – those continue to freak me out after damaging my childhood), but keeping things running smoothly and contributing regular movie reviews will be a new LiC voice: Sam Kressner. Sam is a…well, let’s have Sam do his own brief introduction:

Sam Kressner here, the new contributing critic to Living in Cinema. I am a struggling New York City actor (who isn’t?), a staff critic for New York University’s Washington Square News, and a music lover. Below are some favorites. I can’t list them all, just the staples:

  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The Third Man
  • The 400 Blows
  • Annie Hall/Match Point
  • The Kid
  • Cool Hand Luke

Thanks Sam. I’m sure we’ll all get to know you much better through your reviews and in the comment threads.

The truth is, I’ve loved nurturing a singular voice for LiC in the last 18 months or so, but I simply don’t see enough movies, let alone review enough of the movies I see. Based in New York, Sam is perfectly situated to get the heads up on the cream of the crop of mainstream cinema plus the interesting indie and foreign releases that LiC exists to bring to your attention.

For his part, Sam has expressed a desire to reach a broader audience of film enthusiasts beyond the NYU students and staff who read The Washington Square News.

My massive ego won’t allow me to step back into an editorial role so I’ll continue to hog most of the fresh air around here, but I think Sam will provide a nice change and will help me expand my coverage. The frequency and regularity of his contributions will be entirely up to him, but I’m hoping to get solid measures of both.

I’ll have first couple of reviews up a little later today, but for now please give a warm welcome to Mr. Sam Kressner.

 (and Jeffmcm, give the guy a couple of weeks before picking a fight with him, would ya? Thanks!)

24 Responses to “LiC Takes Manhattan”

  1. WOW.


    Welcome, Sam! This is a major development for LiC – much bigger than Craig simply visiting NYC, which is what I thought the post title was foreshadowing.

    I stick my tongue out at Punch-Drunk Love, but since you’re apparently a fellow member in the very small “I Loved Match Point” club, we’re all good!

  2. Welcome to LiC Sam! Look forward to talking movies with you.

  3. Big welcome to LiC Sam. Looking forward to reading your reviews and other posts.

  4. Welcome, Sam. Looking forward to reading your work.

  5. Good luck to Sam.
    Craig: I’m just as god made me.

  6. Happy to have you, Sam. Hope you enjoy it in these parts.

  7. Welcome sir, hope you enjoy yourself in these friendly environs. I promise to use the sarcasm font as often as possible to mitigate my dry sense of humor.

  8. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. I hope you’ll enjoy the reviews and can’t wait to hear your opinions on film in general. This looks like a close-knit, lively blog board.

  9. From a Sam to a Sam!

    Welcome aboard! I think this is a fantastic idea, and I am certain you will make LIC an even greater place to be. As a fellow New Yorker (kind of, I live minutes from the GWB in northern New Jersey and am always in Manhattan) I know what a treasure trove you will tap into. I will be looking forward to all your writing here.

  10. Daniel, I will defend PDL to the death. Yours or mine, whichever comes first! :)

    Jeff, I wouldn’t have you any other way, honestly.

  11. Maybe Craig can claim you as a tax deduction, Sam.

    Welcome to the site. I always suspected Craig is bicoastal.

  12. “Craig: I’m just as god made me.”

    And here I was thinking you were the work of satan, a mad scientist, or unnatural mutation :-)

  13. Damn you, Craig.

    How far do we go back and you never let me know that this auspicious situation was coming down the pike?

    You’ve been holding out on me, honey.

    *brushes back blonde mane and glides purposefully out to greet new member of LiC*

    Welcome, Sam.

    Wonderful to know that you dig THE THIRD MAN and ANNIE HALL. They’re two films for which I have the greatest reverence and adoration. I’m one of the biggest WOODY ALLEN fans on the West Coast. So the latter fits the prototype.

    Very nice to have some new people to discuss artistic influences with.

    Any friend of Craig’s is a friend of mine…

  14. Sartre, my memory’s not too great, so I could be mistaken.

  15. Welcome to LiC, Sam K.! Like others I look forward to reading your reviews here.

  16. And welcome back to you Alexander!

  17. Thank you, Sartre! :)

  18. Miranda, you knew almost as soon as I did. Life is just full of surprises, isn’t it?

  19. *raises eybrow to the hilt*

    If you say so, honey boy…

  20. Those eyebrows are raised so high, so often, they’re on your back.

  21. As usual I’m very very late, but welcome Sam! Hope you have fun here. :)

  22. Better late than never Alison!

  23. Welcome, Sam! I haven’t been around much lately (new job and all), but I’m still alive, and I plan to make a big comeback soon. Until then, I’ll be lurking in the shadows, and I’m looking forward to your reviews.

  24. We look forward to having you back Hedwig, as a blogger and as a visitor.

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