Katie Connell

Katie Connell

Here for fun. But you can check out my portfolio of film criticism on my website.

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  • The Woman in the Window

    The Woman in the Window

    ★★★★

    The early 2000s really are coming back with this kind of B-level thriller and I'm into it. Giallo glossed, decadent stylistic peacocking like the team behind Riverdale moved into Noah Baumbach's Brooklyn and wrote unhinged Squid and the Whale fanfic. Just like Riverdale has become a kind of baffling epic that endlessly rotates around the wheel of camp, this is definitely a response to a mainstream visual culture thick with formally stimulating images that are totally drained of meaning. Would…

  • Jug Face

    Jug Face

    ★★★

    Pretty creative premise--even as a reworking of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"--and an impressively tight first feature. Leans into some of those idiomatic, reductive treatments of Appalachian U.S. mitigated by the director drawing on his own experiences growing up in Savannah. The prop work is honestly quite cool & the pit is scary!!

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  • Lingua Franca

    Lingua Franca

    ★★★★½

    Relishes moments of ambiguity. Wonderfully shot & acted. Very memorable uses of the dissolve. Never seen the subway so beautifully poetized. Isabel Sandoval is brilliant. Also we lost such a gem with Lynn Cohen - what a force.

  • Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★★★

    just two bros sitting on motorcycles together driving 5 ft. apart because.... it's a vaguely homoerotic road movie and surprisingly complex commentary on counterculture & social values in 1960s America.