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My Interview with Oscar-Winning Director Shawn Christensen

I’ve written a couple of times about my love of the 2013 Oscar-winning short film Curfew, written/directed by Shawn Christensen (he also starred in it). I saw Curfew when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and thought … Continue reading

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On Sudden Fear (1952)

Here’s an excerpt from the essay I wrote on Sudden Fear for Bright Wall/Dark Room‘s Noir issue. The rest is behind a pay-wall, but here’s a taste. Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame, Sudden Fear is a gorgeous … Continue reading

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014); an Iranian vampire movie

I’ve seen it twice now. The first impression held. I’m basically in love with it. A vampire stalking an Iranian town. A vampire in a full chador. It’s an incredible first feature, written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. My … Continue reading

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Witness to a Legend: The Career of Gena Rowlands

A couple of weeks back, I attended a QA with Gena Rowlands at the New School. I wrote up the experience for Tons of quotes, from her, from others, as well as from Tennessee Williams, who had a lot … Continue reading

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Bad Hair (2014); written and directed by Mariana Rondón

A new movie from Venezuelan writer/director Mariana Rondón about a little boy who wants to straighten his “bad hair,” and how that desire has a ripple effect in his life. Painful, truthful. Highly recommend it. My review of Bad Hair … Continue reading

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Tonight! Polish Filmmakers NYC Present Ida

Tonight I will be participating in a panel discussion at Columbia University about Pawel Pawlikowski’s brilliant film Ida (Wrote a bit about it here. So far, it’s the film of the year for me, albeit with some pretty stiff competition. … Continue reading

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Beyond the Lights (2014); directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

Go read my friend Odie’s rave review of Beyond the Lights over at All I can say is: WHAT HE SAID. I read his review nodding to myself the whole time, vigorously, in agreement. YES. It is that good! … Continue reading

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The Homesman (2014); directed by Tommy Lee Jones

The Homesman really got to me. A feminist Western. Disturbing, emotional, messy, strange. My review of The Homesman is now up at

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Venetian Blinds and Gleaming Silver Pistols: Sudden Fear (1952)

Illustration by the talented Brianna Ashby, who did illustrations for the entire November issue I wrote an essay on Sudden Fear, starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance and Gloria Grahame, for the November Noir issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room. A noir/women’s … Continue reading

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Beside Still Waters (2014); Directed/written by Chris Lowell

My review of Beside Still Waters, which opens tomorrow, over at The Dissolve.

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