New York Stories: Dasha Nekrasova’s The Scary of Sixty-First (2021)

By Thomas Puhr. Nekrasova shows a willingness to tackle taboo subject matter in what is nominally a comedic genre exercise.” The opening credits of The Scary of Sixty-First (2021) deftly blend elements of ‘60s and ‘80s horror. The pink, handwritten font – played over panning shots of Manhattan – instantly […]

Coming of Rage in Belgium: Coyotes (A Netflix Limited Series)

By Anees Aref. Audiences usually averse to non-English language fare should find much to enjoy….” Think again before joining a Belgian summer camp. A lot of trouble is brewing for the young scouts in the new suspenser Coyotes, a Belgian-Luxembourg produced series where youthful tensions and unsavory adult supervision clash […]

The Imperialists are Still Alive!: Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

By James Slaymaker. Anderson is evidently not without talent, but he has continuously proven to be content to rest on his laurels…. The French Dispatch ultimately amounts to nothing more than hollow juvenilia.” Towards the end of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, a group of staff writers, illustrators and other […]

Off with His Egghead!: Adam Donen’s Alice, Through the Looking (2021)

By Thomas Puhr. Pretense is not a bad word in Alice, Through the Looking; it’s a given…. The question becomes whether or not these antics serve a purpose beyond provocation.” In Alice, Through the Looking (2021) writer-director Adam Donen quickly announces his intention to break as many perceived conventions as […]

The Power of ‘Yes’: A Wakefield Poole Remembrance

By Andrew Repasky McElhinney. Poole’s life covers an enviable (at least in retrospect, at least to me) span of the post-WWII 20th century America…. [with] one of the first positive representations of Gay life and Gay sex in the U.S., and a talisman for the then emerging Pride movement.” I […]