A Great Movie: “Lost Highway”

A GREAT MOVIE is, well, just that. A chance, untethered from any specific purpose, to write a little about a movie that’s great, hopefully recommending you to check it out for the first time or again. It’s of course inspired by the legendary Roger Ebert, whose Great Movie books were a foundational asset to me.… Continue reading A Great Movie: “Lost Highway”

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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”