I’ma Go For It: Elevating (Vehicular) Bodies in Justin Lin’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Pt. 2

— Fast Five is a whole different ballgame. The movie’s central narrative and aesthetic theme…


I’ma Go For It: Elevating (Vehicular) Bodies in Justin Lin’s ‘Fast and Furious’ Movies Pt. 1

— When Justin Lin took over the Fast and Furious franchise back in 2006 with…

Sunset near Sofia I saw on the train while heading home.

Eat, Pray, Tour – My Experiences (and then some) at Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria

This was written in the summer of 2014 when I was going through an incredibly…


Joy: An Auteur Tour/Detour

When Bradley Cooper, standing in for David O. Russell, compares himself to movie mogul David O. Selznick then directs a mop commercial on QVC like he’s conducting a symphony orchestra, it’s the most Russell thing that ever evered.

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History in the Shaw Brothers

  For as many great films as Lau Kar-leung made, and he made a lot…


Balance & Motion: Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi”

Man of Tai Chi is one of the best action films of recent years. The…

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Forever Remaining Mysteries, Even to Themselves: Listen Up Philip & American Sniper

By placing narcissistic, distant and delusional males under the microscope, Clint Eastwood and Alex Ross Perry dissect the disconcerting psychological conditions that underpin two popular archetypes.


What Makes a Cinephile #1: with John Dailey

The first in a series of columns in which we talk to moviegoers about how they watch films. “When people do a history of cinema, they do it using the films only,” said Jean-Luc Godard. “But you should also be able to do it using the way viewers watch films.”

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Shine On: Transgender Allegory in Under the Skin

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin is a vague science fiction picture loaded with images both…