Writer’s Block Becomes A Palpable Fear

Heida Reed as Rita in Natalie Kennedy’s blank.photo: Brainstorm Media For a writer, there are few things more intimidating than the blank page. Creativity at its best comes organically, but books and articles live on deadlines, with a specified amount of copy required by a certain date. It’s this anxiety that’s at the heart of … Read more

Dig Movie Review: A Cartoonishly Improbable Thriller

Thomas Jane as Scott Brennan in K. Asher Levin’s say.photo: Lionsgate If the goal of say is to make us feel any kind of sympathy for Scott Brennan (Thomas Jane), the kind of caricatured country dad who’d go looking for his out-past-curfew daughter in a desert honky-tonk while wielding a giant mallet, it gets off … Read more

Moonage Daydream’s Brett Morgen on being a student of Bowie

Brett Morgen Image: NEON, photo: LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images After seven years spent digging into archives, searching through mounds of recordings, and viewing untold hours of footage, Brett Morgen managed to pull together the dazzling moonage daydream—the first and only film about David Bowie to be approved by the late artist’s state. Despite its … Read more

Lou Reed’s Words & Music, May 1965 featuring John Cale

Lou Reedphoto: Julian Schnabel (Courtesy of Light in the Attic) According to the liner notes by Don Fleming and Jason Stern, archivists at the Lou Reed Archives, the demo tape featured on Words & Music, May 1965—the inaugural volume in a series of archival releases on the boutique reissue imprint Light in the Attic—sat behind … Read more

A Review Of Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, About Marilyn Monroe

Ana de Armas plays Norma Jeane/Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s blonde.photo: Netflix Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the same name, blonde uses a work of biographical fiction to presumably seek deeper truths about the life of Marilyn Monroe. Unfortunately, director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination Of Jesse James) mistakes depicting the … Read more

A Review Of Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes’ Do Revenge

(from left) Maya Hawke and Ca Mendes star in Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s From Revenge.photo: Netflix With its inclusion of sassy language and its indictment of progressive culture, From Revenge is a movie for the modern era—but it plays like a love letter to the savage and sweet teen-themed movies of the 1980s, ’90s and early … Read more

“The Most Atlanta” and “The Homeliest Little Horse”

LaKeith Stanfield in season 4, episode 1 photo: Guy D’Alema/FX After one head-trip of a European tour, atlanta has finally come back to Atlanta. Season three came out this spring, dropping its characters into several outlandish situations on another continent—that is, when it wasn’t taking audiences away from the main foursome entirely. Season four, then, … Read more

Season 1, Episode 5, “Mean, Green, And Straight Poured into These Jeans”

Jameela Jamil as Titania in She-Hulkphoto: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios this week, She-Hulk finally lived up to its promise in the pilot that the show wouldn’t become a cameo parade and, well… the series suffered for it, unfortunately. I would never have thought a half hour that focused on Tatiana Maslany, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jameela Jamil, … Read more

Ti West’s X Prequel Brings Elevated Horror

Mia Goth in Ti West’s Pearlthe prequel to X.photo: A24 with Pearlwriter-director Ti West both embraces and elevates what horror movies can do, in a way that further solidifies his standing as one of the best things to ever happen to the genre. A prequel to West’s terrifying X—his second film in the “XCU,” with … Read more

Kevin Smith cashes in on nostalgia

(from left) Randal (Jeff Anderson) and Dante (Brian O’Halloran) in Kevin Smith’s Clerks III.photo: Lionsgate There’s a watchable 90-minute movie hidden in the almost two-hour runtime of Clerks III. It’s too bad writer-director Kevin Smith doesn’t possess the clarity of vision he once had to refine ideas well enough to let his narrative from the … Read more