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Normal People


Normal People. Element Pictures / BBC / Hulu, 2020, 12 episodes, ~30 minutes each. Directed by Lennie Abrahamson & Hettie Macdonald. Written by Alice Birch, Mark O’Rowe, and Sally Rooney. Shot by Suzie Lavelle and Kate McCullough. Scored by Stephen Rennicks. Edited by Nathan Nugent and Stephen O’Connell. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. These Read More



Widows. 20th Century Fox, 2018, 129 minutes. Directed by Steve McQueen. Written by Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn. Shot by Sean Bobbitt. Scored by Hans Zimmer. Edited by Sean Walker. Starring Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Lucas Haas, and Liam Neeson. Spoilers, if you Read More

The Worst of the Best of the Worst


I scored a few inches in the Voice‘s “Best of Civic Life 2016” a while back, but my favorite two bits didn’t make the final cut. Which is what this is for. Enjoy? Best Raid You could almost feel the saliva dripping from the tabloids’ pages:

True Grit


The Film Forum is screening the Coens’ True Grit this weekend, so I dredged up this essay I wrote but never found a home for back when it was in theaters.   The first cinematic take on True Grit was released in ’69, the same year Butch & Sundance and The Wild Bunch exploded into Read More

Some Notes on John Carpenter


Dark Star (1974). As film school sci-fi goes, THX 1138 (’71!) remains the reigning champion, but cross-splicing Strangelove (’64), 2001 (’68), and The Prisoner (’67) is inspired. Space as job. Hard not to see that as O’Bannon’s DNA, particularly given the modest debts the first two Alien films owe this one. Carpenter’s might seem harder Read More

In Dubious Battle


Damn near every paragraph of this Jon Lee Anderson piece on Libya for The New Yorker is dubious: The wars in Syria and Iraq continue to dominate international headlines, Interesting to cast the turmoil in the region as separate “wars.” I think IS would disagree. But that’s beside the point, moving on…

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