Carson Lund

Writer for Slant Magazine and the Harvard Film Archive, cinematographer (Ham on Rye) and musician (Mines Falls).

Favorite films

  • The Meetings of Anna
  • Miss Oyu
  • Wild Grass
  • Day of the Outlaw

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  • Victor/Victoria

    ★★★½

  • The Tarnished Angels

    ★★★½

  • Skinamarink

    ★★★

  • Deep End

    ★★★★½

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  • Godland

    Godland

    ★★★½

    "If the trajectory of his stories feels predictable, Pálmason’s direction almost never does, and that’s certainly the case as Godland transitions from a church in Denmark to the hinterlands of Iceland and finally to a remote village within this island nation. At the center of this expedition is Lucas (Elliott Crosset Hove), a priest assigned to make the arduous trek overseas and build a church for the native people. He’s based on a real historical figure who explored Iceland’s southeast…

  • The Tale of King Crab

    The Tale of King Crab

    ★★★½

    "Much like their speculative documentary Il Solengo, Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis’s The Tale of King Crab emerges from a bottomless well of Italian folk tradition, its narrative elaborately draped in veils of hearsay and scuttlebutt. Again, our unreliable narrators are a squad of grizzled old men around a farm table, their faces pockmarked from decades of manual toil and consumption of homemade wine. Set in a rustic hunting lodge in the present day, the film’s opening scene…

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  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★½

    Until now I’ve been hopelessly ignorant. Foxcatcher reveals a deep dark secret about America, and the secret is this: this country’s legacy is founded upon an unhealthy mix of greed, wealth and megalomania. It’s truly upsetting to hear now as a citizen of this country for over two decades that there may be something evil brewing beneath the sterilized narratives of American excellence and glory portrayed in mass media. How could I have been in the dark for so long…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★½

    Due equally in part to my own experience living in Boston for 6 years and to the much-discussed blandness of Tom McCarthy’s visual chops, I found myself watching the background a lot during Spotlight’s runtime, dwelling on the margins of what was in front of me not unlike the impatient reporters at the heart of its story. One of my findings was the film’s treatment of Harpoon IPA as the flagship beer of Boston. With the lone exception of a…