Midnight Kiss is a horror film for the age of Mayor Pete, imagining a self-cultivated gay emptiness at the turn of the decade.
Their youthful energy is a surprise no matter how many times I've witnessed it on screen. The Beatles really were that funny, and their band was as tight as hell. All of that was real.
In Miyazaki's Spirited Away, I see a film that I can show my daughter to find herself in, and a model I can only hope to embody myself.
Toshiro Mifune excelled at playing characters railing against the plan life seems to have for them.
On The Truman Show, Jake Paul, and the increasingly blurred lines between the performed and private self.
Writing about Memoria ignites the very challenge Jessica faces: how do I translate my thoughts to another person who cannot hold them, and why am I so determined to do so?
Paul Newman portrays someone whose love is all-encompassing, who loves despite and loves because. And it’s from this love that his Stage Manager is able to draw his remarkable combination of power and vulnerability.
I avoided both Heat and Jackie Brown until 2019. I recognize that this is irrational self-sabotage. It is, in this case, especially irrational behavior given that my number-one all-time celebrity crush is mid-‘90s Robert De Niro.
This is the power of ghosts, after all: they echo a moment, a whisper, an absence.
The great literary twist of Midnight Mass is that, after all that, their salvation is also their sin, and it is entirely earthly, entirely finite.
A poem from Arielle Greenberg.
The way we experience movies shapes the way we experience life, and to experience a movie like The Beach Bum, to ingest and absorb this much giddy existential gratitude, strikes at least this viewer as quite a blessing.