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Review: Bisbee ’17, 2018, dir. Robert Greene

Review: Bisbee ’17, 2018, dir. Robert Greene


Upfront: I dug Kate Plays Christine, documentary filmmaker Robert Greene’s last movie, but I am floored, still, by Bisbee ’17, his latest, and I saw it over two weeks ago. Maybe that makes me…I don’t know, simple? I think Kate Plays Christine hangs around the edges of fast comprehension. It’s elusive. I like an elusive film, and I’m … Continue reading

Review: Andrei Rublev, 1966, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky

Review: Andrei Rublev, 1966, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky


Hello! I’m back from vacation. Vacation is why I’m behind on sharing and posting my work. Don’t look at me like that. I’m entitled to go on vacation. Deal with it. Anyways: Here’s Andrei Rublev. There’s a new restoration of Andrei Rublev running in New York City, at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, courtesy of Janus Films. … Continue reading

Review: The Night is Short, Walk On Girl

Review: The Night is Short, Walk On Girl


Add The Night is Short, Walk On Girl to the canon of “great drinking movies.” The characters here drink more liquor than any mortal human could possibly imbibe without dying, much less without blacking out; they also have better adventures than most of us do when under the influence, though most of us don’t do the … Continue reading

Review: Far From the Tree, 2018, dir. Rachel Dretzin

Review: Far From the Tree, 2018, dir. Rachel Dretzin


Rachel Dretzin probably didn’t make Far From the Tree anticipating that members of her audience might come back around to Donald Trump mocking a disabled reporter at a campaign rally in 2015 (nice voting, schmucks!). Speaking for myself, that’s exactly what I kept thinking of watching the film (which is based on Andrew Solomon’s non-fiction novel … Continue reading

Review: Eighth Grade, 2018, dir. Bo Burnham

Review: Eighth Grade, 2018, dir. Bo Burnham


“Hey,” says the movie, “let’s all go back in time to our adolescence, when our skin resembled pizza bathed in grease and battered with a meat hammer, and everything we liked actually in retrospect really, really sucks, and social interaction felt as risky as giving yourself a half dozen paper cuts and sticking your limbs … Continue reading

Review: The First Purge, 2018, dir. Gerard McMurray

Review: The First Purge, 2018, dir. Gerard McMurray


Fourth verse, same as the first, a little bit better, but it couldn’t be worse. Okay, okay. Fine. I’ll stop ragging on The Purge, the first movie in the Purge franchise, and start praising The First Purge, the fourth movie in the Purge franchise, even though The First Purge lags behind The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year. Parts of The First Purge … Continue reading

Review: American Animals, 2018, dir. Bart Layton

Review: American Animals, 2018, dir. Bart Layton


Days after my review of Bart Layton’s American Animals published at Paste Magazine, I’m starting to wonder if I had problems with the film based on what I thought it should be rather than what it actually is.  Yeah, yeah: Sounds like a bunch of hand-wringing movie critic anxiety over nothing. American Animals tells the story of four … Continue reading