A different lens on films. No hot takes, lots of long reads.
("Favorite films" are the four films most recently featured on the site)
"I loved every hairpin turn of writer/director Emerald Fennell’s feature debut—it won’t be for everyone, but it's completely and specifically for me. The camp; the meticulous, at times whimsical art direction; the needle drops. A tightly buttoned-up Alison Brie playing a WASP mean girl and the hard candy shell around Carey Mulligan’s inscrutable, stunning, acerbic, ultimately tragic anti-heroine. The humiliation of despicable men, and the unmasking of supposed good ones. The revenge of it all."
-Jordan Crucchiola, Love, Friendship, and Vengeance: Reimagining Romance in Promising Young Woman
(Issue 91: Best of 2020)
"Travis’ commitment to getting lost is greater than his desire to be loved. It happens. When we can no longer stand ourselves, we can no longer stand others. We fling ourselves from the burden of love into escapism: a substance, a job, a far-off desert. A few personal events can spark this kind of reaction; most commonly, shame. If we can understand shame, we can understand why a man would abandon his family for the desert. Why a man walks alone until he collapses."
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Life right now, for most of us, consists of weeks when we tell ourselves we’re fine and weeks when we feel like we can’t do it anymore. Days when we find a way to smile despite the social, economic, and ecological structures crumbling around us, and days when we struggle to get out of bed and shower, to face the neverending day. I had one of those days recently, lying in my bedroom in the dark at 6 pm, watching…