The Ruins of Love: Natalie Krinsky’s The Broken Hearts Gallery

By Zoe Kurland. This emotional hoarder’s life works a bit like an Urban Outfitters version of the Christopher Nolan film Memento: each bizarre object reminds Lucy of an important moment in her life, which in turn, informs her sense of self.” In 2012, Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album, […]

World Building Run Amok in Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel’s DAU. Natasha

By Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. The film that resulted from this production context is very good, even if we may never truly know the truth about the filming environment” At first glance, to call Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Jekaterina Oertel’s DAU. Natasha ‘epic’ is an understatement: intoxicating performances drive a series of suffocatingly […]

No Sparks: Michael Almereyda’s Tesla

By Elias Savada. Ethan Hawke elevates the role as the lead actor in Tesla, but he never really gets to show much range….” When I last commented on filmmaker Michael Almereyda, it was about the favorable impression I had watching Marjorie Prime (2017), his sci-fi-without-being-science-fictiony examination of artificial intelligence. Boy, […]

Exposé or Diatribe? Eric Merola’s The Andorra Hustle

By Thomas Puhr. The Andorra Hustle exists in a precarious position, torn between being an insightful think-piece and a grating political rant.” Events with far-reaching geopolitical ramifications can originate from the unlikeliest of places, as illustrated in Eric Merola’s The Andorra Hustle (2020). If you have no idea that the […]

Tradition Thriving on the “Bloody” Frontier: The Pale Door

By Matthew Sorrento. Co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz’s perceptiveness for the Western genre makes The Pale Door into a worthy hybrid horror.” It must be an assignment in a screenwriting course somewhere, or maybe a guidebook: “From Dusk to Dawn It” – begin your script as road movie, and bring your […]

Hey Guys, Where Have You Been? Bill & Ted Face the Music

By Elias Savada. Here’s an inane and silly tonic, one that might lift people’s souls in these sad times. Like Santa Claus coming down the chimney at Christmas, Bill & Ted Face the Music offers a crazed, intoxicating gift” It’s been nearly three decades since Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter […]

What We Already Know, Too Well – Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump

By Michael Sandlin. Dan Partland’s well-intended but flawed documentary has at least done its democratic duty and created a forum for these previously silenced psychiatrists to outline just how much of a deranged wingnut Donald Trump really is.” In some ways, it seems almost unfair to single out Donald Trump […]