Review: The Sea Beast

  The Sea Beast Directed by Chris Williams Starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris Released June 08, 2022, streaming exclusively on Netflix   Netflix Animation, the streaming behemoth’s in-house animation studio, has only produced a handful of films since launching in 2019 with the Christmas film Klaus. The studio’s output prior to this year […]


Review: The Princess

  The Princess Directed by Le-Van Kiet Starring Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko Released July 01, 2022, streaming exclusively on Hulu (U.S.)   The Princess lays its cards on the table from the first scene. The film opens with a swooping exterior shot of a castle tower; the camera zooms through a window at […]


Review: Spiderhead

  Spiderhead Directed by Joseph Kosinski Starring Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett Released June 17, 2022, streaming exclusively on Netflix   Chris Hemsworth may be one of Hollywood’s most underutilized, underappreciated stars. As Thor, Hemsworth became a household name, but the MCU is never where he’s done his best work. One doesn’t have to […]


“I’m a slave to rock and roll”: Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages (2012)

  It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of an electric guitar must be in want of a groupie. Or something like that. Starting a band to get a girlfriend is a time-honored tactic employed by teenaged film protagonists, after all. Even today, with rock and roll reportedly dead, the […]


Review: Watcher

  Watcher  Directed by Chloe Okuno Starring Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman Released June 03, 2022, now playing in theaters   A young woman moves to a foreign country with her husband. They arrive together, a unit, but their daily lives quickly take divergent paths. He goes to his job at a marketing firm. […]


Guest Post: Unconventional Soulmates in Sean Baker’s “Starlet” (2012)

  EDITOR’S NOTE: In case you didn’t catch the byline, this is a guest post! Please enjoy this piece from a writer whose work I am thrilled to feature (because I love reading her work elsewhere): Veronica Phillips.   For Starlet’s twenty-something year old protagonist Jane (Dree Hemingway), conventional understandings of intimacy regarding sex, love, […]


Sundance Film Festival 2022 Diary: Days 1 & 2

  It’s the last week of January, so you know what that means. I’m back with dispatches from the front of Virtual Sundance, Round 2 (aka the Sundance Film Festival 2022)! This year’s coverage of the festival won’t be quite as extensive as last year’s. I have just moved across the country–seriously, we’ve been in […]


Tra La La, Oom Pah Pah: Let’s Get Drunk with the Ghost of Christmas Present

  I grew up in a movie musical-loving household, so, naturally, our yearly dose of A Christmas Carol came in the form of Scrooge, the 1970 musical interpretation of Dickens’ holiday classic. While this version is my sentimental favorite, I concede that this adaptation makes a number of baffling decisions. For one, Scrooge was an […]