Historian by trade, currently a researcher for IATSE Local 600. You can follow all my writing here.
The Gray Man 2022
No, I did not watch The Gray Man. This is an announcement: I've started a Substack. As spaces like Facebook and Twitter have become less operable, I'm trying to center a space where curious readers might follow my writing on film, labor, industry, history, and perhaps some baseball and food posts. And all posts will be free.
My first piece is on Netflix; specially, the DVD side of Netflix that has finally been killed. I argue that it's no different…
I Don't Want to Be a Man 1918
I joined the all new How Would Lubistch Do It? podcast to cover a myriad of issues on this defining early feature of the director's career, including covering its oft inclusion as a key early work of Trans Cinema.
Good Time 2017
A green Sprite bottle, given almost a mythical introduction in a frenetic monologue, slips out of the hand of a character and roles into a puddle of water. The camera, finally imparted from its intense close-ups to a God's eye long shot, lingers just for a second as it rolls into a puddle where it could be misconceived as trash. An object of everyday life that has been signified with narrative agency (A MacGuffin up there with the Arc of…
Moonrise Kingdom 2012
I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…