Bitter Earth: Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth

By James Slaymaker.  Alex Ross Perry’s latest feature, Queen of Earth, explores similar thematic territory to his first three (Impolex, The Color Wheel and Listen Up Philip), but marks a radical expansion of his artistic palette in regards to both form and content. What largely makes the film fascinating when considered alongside his existing […]

Monstrous Gaze: The Quandary of Spectatorship in La dolce vita

By William Repass. In the thematic arc formed by Fellini’s body of work, La dolce vita  (1960) can be said to represent a pivot: his first film in which various reactions—against a repressive Catholic milieu, against the formal and ideological constraints of Italian neo-realism—coalesce into a fully-realized counter-aesthetic, incontestable both […]