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  • Zatoichi the Outlaw

    Zatoichi the Outlaw

    The question that plagues Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) again and again is one of atonement. In every single film in this series up to Zatoichi the Outlaw Ichi believes that he can be saved. When he does kill it is assumed it is for the greater good. In the films leading up to this one he is faced with separate challenges that offer him a potential clarity of giving up the sword, like travelling to every Temple he stumbles upon in…

  • The Spider and the Bee

    The Spider and the Bee

    In David Lynch’s autobiography Room to Dream, two films are mentioned frequently as an influence or point of appreciation for the director. The first of these is Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard (1950), whose portrait of Hollywood as an absurdist workplace of waiting corpses and creeping shadows found its way into Mulholland Drive’s (2001) lingering ghosts and mystery. In Wilder’s film Gloria Swanson’s fading starlet is so hyper-realized with vanity that she gives the audience permission to laugh at her appreciation…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★½

    Imagine the poor sap who died in this universe because he couldn't hold in a fart.

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    Was there another image that perfectly encapsulated the experience of living through 2017 than Charlene Yi dragging herself across a bar floor, slowly breaking down until she unleashes a primal scream that eventually fades into nothingness? Twin Peaks was less film or television, but moreso something born of alchemy. A tragedy written in a holy text that reshaped our conceptions of what cinema could be while circling back to the life of the girl whose death is where it all…