• L for Leisure

    L for Leisure


    The End of History is only the beginning. The definition of graduate life—the most “thinking” profession—defined entirely outside of its labor, though inexplicably tied to it. Instead, a heightened sense of bodies, time, space. Interrogations on sex and materialism are suddenly forbidden pleasure. “Are you ready?” Vibes have never been better.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    I wrote about WarnerMedia, its panicked conglomerate (and investors), and why streaming might be the future of cinema but might end up killing media production as we know it.

  • Moneyball



    Honestly hard to swallow not because of Beane but because how all the billionaire owners took the wrong lessons of this accomplishment and decided to no longer pay players what they’re worth. In 2011, the tech revolt hadn’t happened yet and no one knew how they would fake economic growth through future valuation so well to exploit all of us over the decade and extract every ounce of labor. Like The Social Network, a film almost preposterously dated by its…

  • The Masque of the Red Death

    The Masque of the Red Death


    The cruelty is the point.

  • Convoy



    Occupy the Open Road

  • Hellzapoppin'



    Joined the Cinematary podcast to discuss this absolute masterwork.

  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men


    All Time ‘The Boys!’ Canon

  • Millions of Us

    Millions of Us


    This week I'm on the Film Formally podcast discussing the montage sequences that appeared in early Hollywood sound films. We discuss the technological transition, the politics of the form as it moved from the USSR to Hollywood, the idea of style and narrative, and more. In particular we discuss the early career of Slavko Vorkapich, who went from The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra to MGM's best asset. If you go to the show page, you'll find…

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


    Say what you will about James Bond’s Anglophilia dude, but at least it’s an ethos.

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko


    When I discussed this film with James Leo Cahill alongside his excellent book, Zoological Surrealism, we talked about how this film could possibly be imagining a future for humans under climate change, watching ourselves become more and more closed off while trying to simply preserve the little bits of our way of life without changing too much. This, we thought, might happen at the end of our lifetimes.

    Anyways, I would argue Pom Poko is truly the ultimate COVID movie.

  • Heat



    dudes rock

  • Can't Stop the Music

    Can't Stop the Music


    The Man with a Movie Camera of Disco Cinema and no I won’t be extrapolating this point.