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  • The Big Country

    The Big Country

    Lofty, corny, and overly broad, but not unentertaining, and not without a few smart turns. The script would seem to be a blood-boiling, occasionally even vicious political melodrama, overrun with folding layers of class conflict, big sky, and the incendiary resentments that come with it all. I mean, how fascinating: the people called “savages” here aren’t Natives, they’re poor whites. And the phrase “big country” gets tossed around fervently, mystically, bolstered by Wyeth panoramas (but undercut by a truly awful…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    Mishap ASMR. A perfect movie.

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    I like this movie quite a bit, but why do people keep lying about it? 

    It’s clear that the problem with this movie is that Bradley Cooper—lead actor, director, co-writer, co-producer—has pushed himself so far into its center that he doesn’t seem to realize he’s not actually supposed to be its star. Buddy, you’re pretty much here to be a tragedy—not even a heroic fuckup, really, but a painful liability. And so many of the film’s other perceived flaws—anti-popness, especially—proceed…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    Some of the critiques of this movie have prompted me to give some thought to why we accept and dutifully seek out nuance in Eastwood and Spielberg's aesthetic and ideological conservatism but consistently dock women and POC filmmakers for not living up to some radical ideal we dreamed up to reject our classical forefathers.

    Yes, it is a movie mired in and pitched to a distinctly conservative attitude — just like the nation the movie is about, and undoubtedly for…