The Hottest August

The Hottest August ★★★½

While I did write a bit about this as part of my True/False dispatch this year, if you're going to read something from me about this it's probably more productive to read my interview with Brett Story.

I'm a little surprised how many people have taken objection to the film's looseness and lack of throughline. Of course, the line between "feature" and "bug" is extremely subjective, but I like watching a new film, made in an American independent context (I guess), that completely resists mandates for a clear narrative arc, legible anxieties with attendant impact campaigns, etc.