• Hellaware

    Hellaware

    after all these years i finally saw my first little part in an indie movie. thank god it Rips

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    i wrote an essay for a24's new publication of jonathan glazer and walter campbell's screenplay

    i'm probably not allowed to do this but here's the first paragraph of my essay

    Under the Skin opens in darkness and space. Mica Levi’s score tenses and groans, like a measure of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring looped and siphoned through a vocoder. A voice fades in over the sound, rehearsing consonants and vowels that congeal into English words. The voice is unmistakable: husky and…

  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    hung up on hawks' lean, steely brunettes who hover two steps ahead of the action but remain aloof—corseted, probably—waiting to see what the men are going to do. lauren bacall's contralto rasp (an invention, for her career) lends itself to vivian's slacks (!), the men's tailoring accents in her most feminine dresses, her square jaw, padded shoulders, her indifference. the "femme fatale" smokes in the corner and assumes the cadences of the dick. she waits. she's something—i feel!—other than strictly femme, and fatale perhaps because of it

  • Cure

    Cure

    what i love about These Dark and Sexy Detective Movies for Boys (i'm thinking specifically of skjoldbjærg's 'insomnia' as well) is how fastidious capital-s visual Style creates a canvas against which hot middle-aged men in impeccably-tailored overcoats can get a little fucking crazy on the clock. a little chiaroscuro to make the psychosis pop all the way off! cool

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    when i lived in la i was in my mid-twenties, like alana. i had ceased to be what i was and had yet to become what i thought i ought to be. i hopped off the plane at lax with a dream and a basic understanding of the city's topography acquired from playing grand theft auto: san andreas, which takes place in a digital replica of la. the city unfurled around me like a treasure map: a mission-based game to…

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    the morning after watching 'nashville' i'm stuck with altman's wide shot of a rapt audience at a glitzy country music venue. the audience is almost entirely white and the performers are either the same, or black. the country stars croon diaristic missives of moral reckoning, emotional resilience—the lyrics evoke the gut-punch, metaphor-free confessionals of today's gen-z pop scions: olivia rodrigo, billie eilish—heiresses to taylor swfit, born in nashville. the audience sits quietly, completely still; altman lingers on its motionlessness before…

  • Zola

    Zola

    zola is a treat. zola is also the first film to dazzle from inside a cellphone's interface. bravo's sounds and images—candy-sweet, cyanide-laced—impart the feeling of being extremely online. many have tried this; it's possible only bravo has succeeded

    what lead us online are our bodies: sumptuous, various, fraught. we need answers. bravo and harris' screenplay cuts to the chase of what i can only call Instamacy: bonds forged in the fire of follow-back identification—ridiculous, fabulous, and doomed

    unforgettable: zola, in…

  • Death Note
  • Girl With A Thermal Gun

    Girl With A Thermal Gun

    'Girl With a Thermal Gun' is movie magic: a visual and technical achievement with a beating heart. Guo meets our current moment with fantasy, joy, and a singular sense of play.

    Our jury pick for Best Narrative Short at the 2021 Tribeca Festival.

  • Leylak

    Leylak

    'Leylak' is an affecting, well-acted portrait of everyday tragedy.

    The recipient of our special jury prize for narrative shorts at the 2021 Tribeca Festival.

  • Navozande, the Musician

    Navozande, the Musician

    'Navozande, The Musician' uniquely justifies itself as a work of animation. Riahi's sumptuous visuals and chilling sound design convey both personal and historical nuance—all wordlessly.

    Our jury pick for Best Animated Short at the Tribeca Festival 2021.

  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

    dazzlingly stupid. the heart swells