This “comedy” “special” goes right ahead and rips off your skin and exposes your whole goddamn nervous system.
Peggy Olson and Ian McKellen Share a Birthday
Today I learned that Peggy Olson and Sir Ian McKellen share a birthday. Like, an exact birthday. They are the … More
Meditations in an Exploration: ‘The Calming’ Lives Up to its Name
In the vast silence and through the many pauses in action, Fang reminds us that all art is a series of choices. She succeeds in turning down the volume on the world, making us lean forward and listen close. To slow down, to pay attention, and to find virtue in that peace.
There is No Spark in ‘Tesla’
Tesla is a film that often plays like a History Channel special about the life and times of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, at which it both succeeds and fails. It is both as boring as a lecture on electrical currents, and it is not remotely informative.
Don’t Be Scared of ‘Boys State’
If Boys State is a microcosm of our political system (the lack of girls notwithstanding), of the youth participating in it and their dedication to the cause, have so, so, so much hope.
Who’s Afraid of Shirley Jackson?
‘Shirley’ imagines the unconventional woman as societal terrorist, capable of profound, delectable corruption.
‘Light from Light’ is Here to Soothe Your Existentially Anxious Soul
‘Light from Light’ worked with a light and careful hand to craft a sense of existential ennui that’s hard to do without becoming overbearing.
‘Midsommar’ is Pretentious Nonsense
The implication that an audience’s emotions should be wrenched out than coaxed out is as arrogant as ‘Midsommar’ is self-indulgent.
‘Yesterday’ Rises Above Its Gimmick… Mostly
‘Yesterday’ knows exactly how charming it is and goddamnit is it fun.
‘On the Basis of Sex’ is Infuriatingly Dull
‘On the Basis of Sex’ failed to find and use the fortitude of its subject, rather relying on the convention of “humble beginnings” and sucked all the air out of its own story.