Author: Christopher Small

Notes on the Interplay of the Vulgar and the Funereal in Robert Mulligan’s Same Time, Next Year and The Man in the Moon

Critical idioms fail a film like Same Time, Next Year, which, despite its more eccentric moments, is a beautiful film about the passing of time. Mulligan is a master of adjusting to the modulations in subject, tone, and emotion within a scene: his films contain silences, pauses, and prolonged periods where we might simply observe the back of a character’s head… Read more →

Penélope Cruz

The Cruz of Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a cypher—damaged, brilliant; a maniac and romantic whose every word is either a spit in your face or an evocation of renewed love. As María Elena, the itinerant lover and ex-wife of painter Juan Antonio, she is both an explosion of the stereotype of the unstable romantic and the logical extension of Cruz’ young… Read more →