Face to Face (1976) | Olive Films
The first half of Ingmar Bergman's script seems to call for an almost comically tight-lipped, stone-faced blankness; the second half calls for at least four different coloratura breakdowns. Ullmann “fought like a lion” in the role, and, just hearing about it, you might imagine her Oscar nomination was a reward for a kind of athletic stamina, a heroic stab at an impossible target. Read More
Jennifer Lopez in Hustlers (2019) | art by Brianna Ashby
Critics and fans have accurately described Hustlers as a bedazzled Recession-era period piece. But the movie is equally specific to our times, the first in Hollywood history to produce movie after movie about ordinary(ish) women doing crimes.  Read More
The unconvincing movie drunks, which range from forgettable to excruciating, are too many to number. But the few great drunk performances are worth interrogating, to uncover what they might tell us about drinking and being drunk. Read More