Review: In its premiere, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” stops to take a breath

There seems to be no crime on TV these days that isn’t true crime. Thankfully (maybe) we have one series jockeying to be the apex of the ‘prestige’ true crime boom. The second season of American Crime Story (see), subtitled and centered on The Assassination of Gianni Versace, began last night on FX. On the… Continue reading Review: In its premiere, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” stops to take a breath

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“IT” and the Ego

I have a memory I can recall vividly, though I’m sure there are added details that never existed. Gone in their place are the calmer notes that made it reality, rather than the nightmare that exists now. So, the following is an event that transpired as well as I can recall it now. I was… Continue reading “IT” and the Ego

In “The Beguiled,” Sofia Coppola continues her observational work on American youth

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

Manchester Orchestra travels to fatherhood on “A Black Mile to the Surface”

Last winter, my wife and I took a trip to her mother’s house in Florida. On the way back, I decided to play through the discography of Manchester Orchestra, one of my favorite bands, but one I hadn’t listened to closely in quite some time. The collected length of all the albums would put us… Continue reading Manchester Orchestra travels to fatherhood on “A Black Mile to the Surface”

It’s a reheated blockbuster in “Kong: Skull Island”

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”