Every so often, a magazine comes along that surprises, delights, and reminds us why we come into work every day, excited to work with publishers to build the best apps. Currently, that title is Bright Wall/Dark Room, an independent film magazine committed to talking about films differently, and we're pleased to welcome this publication to our platform.
Since 2009, their team of writers, poets, filmmakers, and artists have reflected monthly on movies -- those they love, hate, can't stop thinking about -- in fresh and personal ways, offering a more nuanced perspective than the typical 500-word review. As BW/DR's Editor-in-Chief Chad Perman explains,
"There seemed to be this great and growing gap between the film criticism I was reading and this very real and tangible thing that films themselves actually do to each one of us, how they make us feel."
In BW/DR's August issue, the second in a two-part series celebrating American classics from Jaws to Rocky, this emphasis on honestly exposing the undeniably human element in films -- whether making or watching them -- is omnipresent. As Summer Block writes in her essay on the Coen Brothers' cult classic O Brother, Where Art Thou?
"The Coen Brothers' film is about people wanting to be a better version of themselves, something a little lighter and brighter than the truth. (A lawyer instead of a con man; a husband instead of a cad.) But where other films might warn against the dangers of self-delusion, O Brother celebrates the courage and creativity it takes to change your identity. O Brother is a paean to the wild, reckless joy of self-invention, and the sustaining power of myth to bring us closer to our best selves."
The upgraded version of their app is now available to download. And lucky for all of us, the first issue, featuring essays on the likes of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Dead Poets Society, is free. If you like what you read, you can subscribe at $1.99 per month or $19.99 for a yearlong subscription.
Since BW/DR is funded entirely by their subscribers, we think it's worth becoming a member of their vibrant (and quickly growing!) community of passionate film-lovers young and old. We can't wait to read about what they see in theaters -- or rewatch for the millionth time on Netflix -- next.