Tag Archives: Present Tense

My final column at Film Comment: on Jonathan Demme’s Citizens Band

As some of you may be aware, Film Comment is going on an “indefinite” hiatus during this uncertain time. There have been a lot of layoffs at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Lincoln Center itself is struggling. While … Continue reading

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Present Tense: on Jean Arthur

For my next Present Tense column at Film Comment (because life goes on and I am very grateful that all of my work is web-based and can continue in this climate): I wrote about one of my favorite actresses, whom … Continue reading

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Present Tense: on director Martha Coolidge

For my next column at Film Comment, I wrote about director Martha Coolidge, who directed Valley Girl, Real Genius, and Rambling Rose (and much more).

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Present Tense: on Miracle (2004) and the “miracle on ice” – which turns 40 this week

If you’ve been round these here parts, you know my obsession with the miracle on ice. Many thanks to the editors at Film Comment, for taking my pitch to write a piece on the 1980 Winter Olympics, as seen through … Continue reading

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Present Tense: on Nick Nolte

My next column at Film Comment is on Nick Nolte. I’ve been percolating with this one for a while. I did a full re-watch (or close enough) of his entire filmography in 2019, just for the hell of it. I … Continue reading

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Present Tense: on Daughters of the Sun (2000)

I wrote about Maryam Shahriar’s 2000 film Daughters of the Sun for my next Present Tense column on Film Comment.

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2019

Thanks, everyone, who hangs out here, who likes what I do, whether you’re an Elvis fan, a Supernatural fan, a general cinephile, a book-lover, or just someone who’s been checking in periodically for 17 years – WHAT? – I appreciate … Continue reading

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Present Tense: On director Sophia Takal

I had wanted to write something on Takal’s first two films, Green and Always Shine, long before I had even heard of her Black Christmas remake. I was turned onto her work when I was assigned to review Always Shine … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: On Kristen Stewart

As long as she keeps working, I’ll keep wanting to write about her. For my latest column over at Film Comment.

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Present Tense: Audience vs. Alone

My new column is up, this about the special thing that happens sometimes (rarely) when an audience of strangers merges into one being. I still go see movies in the theatre (although certainly not like I used to back in … Continue reading

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