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Sofia Coppola, like John Hughes or Gus Van Zandt before her, is our foremost chronicler of American youthfulness. Plenty of other extraordinary films have captured experiences or asked questions about what youth means in American culture, but few have done so as consistently as Coppola. It began in The Virgin Suicides and continues in her… Continue reading In “The Beguiled,” Sofia Coppola continues her observational work on American youth
The food metaphors write themselves. The blockbuster monster movie, of which Kong is one of many kings, is a scrumptious meal that’s a favorite: a reliable love, based on more than a little nostalgia. Kong: Skull Island is that same meal the next day, reheated and served. You know you had it yesterday, but either… Continue reading It’s a reheated blockbuster in “Kong: Skull Island”
“There are no more guns in the valley” the gunslinger tells little Joey in the 1953 classic western Shane. This moment features heavily in Logan, James Mangold’s newest and probably final film adapting the title character, known more regularly as Wolverine, less regularly as James Howlett, most iconically as Hugh Jackman. The parallels to Shane… Continue reading In “Logan,” Carnage and Catharsis
What to say about 2016 that hasn’t already been written? Personally, I watched more new-release films than I ever had before. Films offered a great antidote for the year. They allowed us to cancel out the noise and focus on the particular. This doesn't mean they ignored difficult subjects, quite the contrary. The best films… Continue reading Top 10 Films of 2016
More and more, I believe that to be fully appreciated, each film needs to be seen twice. In this column, I hope to revisit some of the films I have only seen once and have been anticipating seeing for a second time. There’s a special analytical eye that opens to a film the second time,… Continue reading Twofold: “Steve Jobs”