Grant

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Favorite films

  • The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs
  • The Adjuster
  • The Rapture
  • The Duke of Burgundy

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  • The Exorcist

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  • The Black Cat

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  • The Scary of Sixty-First

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  • Pin

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  • The Plains

    The Plains

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    David Easteal's The Plains is one of the most original and thoughtful films of 2022. (Don't just take it from me; Film Comment and Cinema Scope subsequently agreed.)

    After spotting UW Cinematheque's intention to screen this as the finale to their new Thursday premiere series, I got in touch with Easteal amidst his globe-trotting tour to touch upon a myriad of different things in relation to the filmβ€”the interplay between the film's real-life origins and written construct, themes of ephemerality…

  • Noise

    Noise

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    I had the privilege of being among the first to watch Julian Castronovo's Noise back in mid-February. Amidst a plethora of other Wisconsin-connected shorts, his stood out immediately with its slightly surreal and yet assuredly grounded premise. While confronting bigoted typecasting of white-centric sci-fi narratives on one level, it also takes a fascinatingly absurd angle to the schisms of communication and pragmatic concerns of any bit-part regular in the world of moviemaking.

    Ahead of its official world premiere at the…

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  • The Adults

    The Adults

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    Ahead of the UW Cinematheque presentation, the Madison premiere, on September 7, I chatted with writer-director (and often editor) Dustin Guy Defa over Google Meet for Tone Madison.
    Little rough trying to acquire a screener for The Adults, which affected my initial drafting of questions. I felt like my preparation and brainstorming drifted too heavily towards inquiries into Defa's prior work; but it made for a more traditionally journalistic interview, I guess, ha. And perhaps I accidentally achieved some sort…

  • Never Been Kissed

    Never Been Kissed

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    Also, never been storyboarded.

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  • A Dim Valley

    A Dim Valley

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    Colvin's most ambitious project yet with its opening credits enfolded in a botanical-wildlife field guide slideshow. A lovingly illustrated entry into a film that feels like a whimsically ethereal and modern update of a free love film that the late 1960s producedβ€” now dripping in alluringly deadpan dialogue that can skirt between revelatory drama and teasing comedy. A sneaky amount of screen time is actually devoted to song, whether diegetic or not (or somewhere hazily in-between), which heightens A Dim…

  • Variety

    Variety

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    One of the most genuinely subversive and absorbing films I've ever seen. Variety is somehow simultaneously poetic and plain-spoken in its initial loquaciousness, revealing such depth of character in affirming conversations between women that feel so reverent. However, there's another side to this film, just as there's another side to Christine (Sandy McLeod), and that's in its progressively visual storytelling. This is really where Variety transcends simple summation, labeling, and premise.
    Perfunctorily, it's about a woman discovering an interest in…