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A change I decided to make this year is to diversify my writing. Writing on cinema is where I am most confident: I love good cinema, and I enjoy taking part in the “discourse” (blistering rants) about bad cinema, too. I also have some background in the subject — I…

Photo by Niko Tavernise — © 2020 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Steven Spielberg is an institution. His work can be seen less as the filmography of a director, and more as a kind of cinema. Many of his movies feel like part of the fabric of cinema itself.

His style lends itself to being defined as a kind of cinematic water…

© 2021 — Courtesy of Pablo Larraín

Pablo Larraín always finds an interesting angle onto his subjects. He doesn’t have a flashy style, but walks the line between easy-to-consume and artistic with skill.

Spencer is about Princess Diana, but its story is unconcerned with “life events.” Instead, it explores her inner life — the psychology of living…

In The Last Duel, Ridley Scott directs a historical drama based on a 2014 book, retelling events that have passed into French cultural legend regarding the last “trial by combat” in medieval France, 1386.

The screenplay is written by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said (2013)

Halloween Kills, the second entry of the planned trilogy from David Gordon Green — Pineapple Express (2008), Joe (2013), Stronger (2017) — , is something approximating hot and bloody garbage made with studio money and genre formula and not much else. It is packed with brutal kill scenes, perplexing survival…

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