"I think this is a thing that will not change in whatever I’m lucky enough to make in the future: a constant prioritizing of the pleasure principle. In some ways, it’s why I’m not the primary audience for contemporary American independent film. There’s a sort of gritty American naturalism that lacks an engagement with desire. I lament the moving away from sensual pleasures in cinema."
“What came first, the music or the misery?” Watching High Fidelity now, twenty-odd years later, the question shifted: which came first, my own vision for my future self or the film's vision?
While You Were Sleeping (1995) is a great romantic comedy, but it's also a love letter to Chicago in the winter.
Whether or not he haunts the theater at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago is up for debate, but what’s certain is that John Dillinger has haunted 90 years of American cinema.
The work of the Jane Collective—a group of women who brought together people who needed abortions and people who were willing to provide them—went far beyond helping people get a medical procedure they needed; it was also an effort to realize a more empathetic, transparent, and thoughtful vision for reproductive healthcare.