Sunday, February 2, 2014

Industry of Uncool

The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, announced this afternoon, hit me really hard. I share some thoughts at Cinespect.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Magic Tricks

Frances Ha and La Notte--both recently released by Criterion on DVD/Blu-- offer stylish, digressive, anecdotal models for cultural critique. I sketch out some thoughts on the art of delay, over at Cinespect.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Twelve Scenes of Christmas, Part Three

James Bond! Judy Garland! Jimmy Stewart! Hepburn and O'Toole! It's a star-studded, end-of-the-work week holiday party at, as the final part of "The 12 Scenes of Christmas" shows up to brighten your winter day.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Twelve Scenes of Christmas, Part Two

Gather round and grab a cup of nog-- it's time for part two of "The Twelve Scenes of Christmas," up at! From Nick and Nora to Gizmo and Stripe (along with Claudette Colbert, Joseph Cotten, and Dick Powell), there's something for everyone under the tree.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The 12 Scenes of Christmas, Part One

Ho, ho, ho! The holiday season is here, and what better way to remember, celebrate or just plain mock the season than through the movies? Starting today and running through Friday, I've offered "12 Scenes of Christmas" at,  a cinephilic advent calendar full of memories and moments that relate in some way to Christmas (although almost none of them are officially "Christmas" films, which I think is part of the fun). Please check it out, leave comments and suggest those dozens of "Geez, this one is so much better!" moments that I've not mentioned. After all, what are the holidays without a little argument?

Friday, November 8, 2013

War Games

            Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind, 1939.

Paulette Goddard, So Proudly We Hail!, 1943.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shadow Play

The Uninvited is a ghost story, but its complex visual style and juggling of tones and genres opens it up to something richer, funnier, and far stranger. My review of the new Criterion edition is up at Cinespect.