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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

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