C’mon C’mon isn’t necessarily about making the world as a whole comprehensible to a child. It’s about grappling with how comprehensible to make one key fact: his mom isn’t with him because his dad is having a manic episode.
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Ethan Warren has been contributing to Bright Wall/Dark Room since 2016. His first book, The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson: American Apocrypha, will be published in April 2023 by Wallflower Books, a division of Columbia University Press. A member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, he lives on the south shore of Boston with his wife, Caitlin, and their children.
Monte Hellman's The Shooting offers a clear and present microcosm for the world’s unknowable hostility.
In their myriad crime stories, the Coens have tended to take a fatalistic perspective. And then there is the strange case of Raising Arizona's H.I. McDunnough.
A movie as dense and deep as Adaptation offers a communal awakening, one that ideally leads to new insights on the human capacity for thought and emotion.
Hud is a film with hard choices and few clear answers—and perhaps this ultimately accounts for its cult appeal among a youth culture who would soon usher in a morally ambiguous New Hollywood.
All I can say for certain is that, for just under four minutes, Dan Deacon took me out of my mind.
For any theoretical questions concerning how to Sundance, I was more concerned with the question of why to Sundance. And the answer is: access to a week of new sensation and perception in the doldrums of mid-winter.
My unpopular opinion is that Wild Mountain Thyme is a transcendent work of art. Not from any objective standpoint, but rather from that of one particular head and heart: my own.
For the first time, Paul Thomas Anderson has produced a film distinguished not merely by his characteristic fascination with the world but by a deep love for it.
The web of influences upon Over the Garden Wall is vast, but everything coheres around a core of classical Americana, one rooted firmly in the northeast.
Almost Famous is not just a story about falling in love with life’s possibilities, nor is it just a story about falling in love with music; at its heart, Almost Famous is a film about falling in love with writing about music. It’s the story of how a boy became a critic.
It's the simple human lapses that embody the extraordinary effectiveness of no-budget documentary Hands on a Hardbody.