Robert Stinner

Freelance writer (LitHub, Bright Wall/Dark Room, CrimeReads, Animus, Crooked Marquee, MAYDAY Magazine)

Favorite films

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Cabaret
  • Sunset Boulevard

Recent activity

  • Midnight


  • L'immensità


  • Mutt


  • Shortcomings


Pinned reviews

  • The Hours

    The Hours


    I wrote about The Hours for Bright Wall/Dark Room, a film I loved as a teenager but have a more complicated relationship with now:

    “When I was 14, I regularly sifted through Netflix’s “Gay/Lesbian” section for illuminating queer cinema. Predictably, this wasn’t usually a successful endeavor, but I was able to find a few films that helped shape my taste and my understanding of queerness—I Killed My Mother, Far From Heaven, Andrew Haigh’s Weekend. The film with the most pressing,…

  • Swoon



    I wrote about portrayals of queer criminality in Tom Kalin’s Swoon and Gregg Araki’s The Living End, and why I think contemporary queer cinema could use more films like these, for CrimeReads. Give it a read! 

    “Despite its period setting, Kalin created in Swoon a sharp perspective on how marginalized people are blamed for crime and social dysfunction, with a particularly pointed view on how queer sex is treated as a sinister act on par with murder.”

Recent reviews


Popular reviews

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol


    I’d like an invite to the penguins’ Christmas skating party

  • The House of Mirth

    The House of Mirth


    I wrote on this film as a model Edith Wharton adaptation for LitHub:

    “This combination of deep attention to the content of Wharton’s novel and commitment to the unique possibilities of film is a rare alchemy, yet it’s vitally important for literary adaptations. While some creators mine works of literature for parts and dilute the source material (or, alternatively, adapt literary work without a cinematic point of view), Davies uses his own distinct aesthetics to illuminate and expand upon Wharton’s work.”