Cinema

Undiminished by Decadence

Undiminished by Decadence

I grew up in the 1960s and ’70s and I’m happy to report that, for the most part, television and mainstream cinema today are orders of magnitude better than they were in my salad days.

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
14 min read
Art and Culture
Art Is Not Therapy

Art Is Not Therapy

Something is flattened when our understanding of art is asked to serve the logic of a medical diagnosis, which sees the messiness of the human condition as a malady to be cured.

Jasmine Hu-Hollingshead
Jasmine Hu-Hollingshead
10 min read
Art and Culture
The Western Reinvented. Again.

The Western Reinvented. Again.

It has been 30 years since a Western last won the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards. That was in 1992 and the film was Unforgiven, directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred in it alongside Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, and Richard Harris. On Sunday, Jane Campion’s The

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
8 min read
Arts and Culture
Fatal Vision: Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’

Fatal Vision: Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’

“I am in this earthly world, where to do harm / Is often laudable, to do good / Sometime accounted dangerous folly.” So says Lady Macduff in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Moments later, she and her entire family—innocents all—are slaughtered. The triumph of Joel Coen’s film adaptation is that it

Marilyn Simon
Marilyn Simon
7 min read
Art and Culture
In Toronto's Weirdest Cinema, a Portrait of the Artist I'd Never Become

In Toronto's Weirdest Cinema, a Portrait of the Artist I'd Never Become

You’ve probably heard of the Toronto International Film Festival, which, before the pandemic, was annually attracting almost 500,000 attendees. But you’ve probably never heard of Toronto’s equally venerable Cineforum, whose weekly attendance has usually been closer to five. The Cineforum is an indie theatre run by

Adam Zivo
Adam Zivo
9 min read
Cinema
B.S. Moss and the Dawn of the Movie-Palace Era

B.S. Moss and the Dawn of the Movie-Palace Era

Visit a fabric shop, and you may stumble upon a product called sponged wool. The term has become obscure in modern times, but in the late 19th-century, sponged wool was in great demand, and the sponging process had a big role in the clothing business. New York City’s garment

Charles B. Moss Jr. and Jonathan Kay
Charles B. Moss Jr. and Jonathan Kay
15 min read
Cinema
Brutal and Unreformed—Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Straw Dogs’ at 50

Brutal and Unreformed—Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Straw Dogs’ at 50

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following analysis discusses the film in its entirety and features spoilers throughout. I. December 22nd will be the 50th anniversary of the release of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, a film so marked by violent killings and violent sex that, according to Peckinpah’s biographer, David

Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
32 min read
Arts and Culture
In Praise of the Novelization—Pop Fiction's Least Reputable Genre

In Praise of the Novelization—Pop Fiction's Least Reputable Genre

This month brings us the release of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. No, not the film. That came out in 2019. But now HarperCollins is publishing a novelization, written by Tarantino himself, and based on the earlier film. This particular type of fiction—the bastard offspring

Kevin Mims
Kevin Mims
20 min read
Books