Nota Bene

Heistbox (popularly known as Dropbox) has now permanently altered the accounts of its original users. (See my post, “Dropbox and the Snake Oil Sales Model of Tech Firms,” June 12, 2015). I think I have removed or updated all of my original Heistbox links; please write or tweet if you click somewhere and cannot get to the review or feature you would like to read. Thank you.

About Me

I am an author, a seasoned journalist and an intrepid traveler. I write mostly about film, but also have published articles on Italian art, food, wine and travel. My book, Cinematic Quests for Identity: The Hero's Encounter with the Beast (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), is a scholarly  consideration of the ways in which Western and Eastern myths, folklore, and literature about the quest, are represented in American, European and Asian movies.

I am a native New Yorker, and reside in Manhattan.

Sono nata a New York City, dove abito ancora. Lavoro come giornalista “freelance.” Miei nonni Italiani sono nati a Torre Annunziata.

I have more than once been referred to as an “independent critic,” a nice way of saying that I take a strictly journalistic approach to my work. I am fortunate to write for publications whose editors still support that stance.

In my work as a film critic, I do not promote individual films or filmmakers; like all critics, I hope that through informed and thoughtful observation, I further an understanding of the art form.

I write the "Film" column for Ambassador Magazine (Washington, D.C.), the official publication of the National Italian American Foundation. I am also a freelancer for Biography.com; Cineaste (New York City, print only, on JSTOR), and Film Journal International (New York City, print and online). On occasion, I also write for FJI's "Screener Blog," although my posts are rarely any different than my regular coverage that appears in the magazine as reviews and interviews.

I have over two decades of experience as an adjunct instructor and a full-time faculty member in departments of English, Writing, Film and Communications. My most recent appointment as a full-time instructor was in the English Department at Dine College in Tsaile, Arizona. The institution was the first of its kind to be founded on a Native American reservation, and it continues to serve the Navajo Nation, as well as indigenous students from other nations and tribes across the United States.