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  • What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

    What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?


    "The opening gesture of What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? consists of a move from the outward to the inward. A hard cut yields the first shot in the film, following an adolescent Mardi Gras Indian as he bounds down a suburban street, brandishing a sword and chanting along to a pounding drum beat. This restless image gives way to enclosure, as two young brothers cautiously make their way through a flickering haunted house, with the younger…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell


    Immensely honored to make my Reverse Shot debut with a review of this flawed but well-meaning film.

    "Lulu Wang’s The Farewell wastes no time in foregrounding its emotional intentions: its opening moments play out after the phrase “Based on an Actual Lie” appears onscreen. This text card—also prominently used in the film’s marketing—underscores the premise: a family hosts a faux wedding in order to pay its matriarch, diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, one final collective visit. They have concealed the…

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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians


    "Crazy Rich Asians otherwise has no time or inclination to explore anything traditional in Asian culture unless it is explicitly related to the plot in a way intended to draw out the nigh-villainous qualities of the Youngs. The movie’s most fundamental and detrimental demerit is its frequent flattening of characters and centuries-old practices into one-dimensional stereotypes, conflating so many different attributes so as to create something muddled and more than a little offensive."

    Reviewed this repulsive, shallow film for The Film Stage. I got a little mad.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


    Batman v Superman is a brutal film, but not in its attitudes towards the narrative, the characters, or the viewer. Instead, it is astounding in the frank, unrestrained, yet almost impressionistic approach towards the subject matter and the weighty themes at hand. Snyder and his collaborators are unblinking in their depiction of the violence and lack of heroics that take place in a changed, darker world that in many, many ways reflects our own, but, incredibly, make them palatable in…