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  • Jerry Maguire

    Jerry Maguire

    Have you ever actually watched Jerry McGuire? What a weird experience that was to watch in a theater in 1996. I just remember finding it really dispiriting, not in the sense that it especially was worse than other normal blockbusters of the time, but everything that actually happened in it, and the way the relationships worked, just depressed me. And then I came out of the multiplex to discover that it was a universally loved feel-good classic. And Best Picture…

  • I Live at the End of this Road

    I Live at the End of this Road

    Nowhere, Maine. A loner keeps goats, enacts personal rituals, and recounts (apocryphal?) stories in the deep camcorder-grain night. It's a simple portrait film, but made up of indelible images that flicker alone in a void of context, a deep rural doom metal wilderness. Spotted on a VHS in Strange Maine. The filmmaker is a photographer and artist. I feel like I watched someone else's dream.

Popular reviews

  • Knife+Heart



    A couple years ago, Maya and I got caught up in a conversation on a feature film we'd have tried to make if that was something we could reasonably do: a modern giallo rethinking where exclusively beautiful young men die, free to bask in the questionable aesthetics of death the genre trades in by flipping the codes. It seemed so obvious that we couldn't believe no one had done it, at least as far as we could think of. Well…

  • Totally Fucked Up

    Totally Fucked Up

    Someone warned me that this was about 85 percent teen angst, but they failed to tell me that the other 15 percent was postmodern video diary structuralism, complete with Dennis Cooper name check. And I can't not love that early Araki energy, or the way gay fiction of this era posits a universe where straight people are relegated to background plot points at best. One of the leads gets seduced by the promise of rare Nine Inch Nails bootlegs, but honestly the whole early 90s industrial/fuzz zeitgeist soundtrack is a delight.