Nina Menkes – Queen of Diamonds

Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds (1991) is the type of low-budget independent film possessed of great magnitude alongside the likes of Wanda (1970), Killer of Sheep (1978), and Daughters of the Dust (1991). Like those films, Queen of Diamonds has also been pulled from obscurity thanks to a new restoration by Arbelos[1]. Tinka Menkes—Nina’s sister—plays … Continue reading Nina Menkes – Queen of Diamonds


Agnes Varda – Cleo from 5 to 7 / Jane Campion – The Portrait of a Lady

The following is part one my coverage of Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th Mixtape: Free Double Features series. The common thread between Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) and Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady (1996) is time and freedom. Cleo (Corinne Marchand), feeling trapped by the chanteuse industry, anxiously wanders Paris … Continue reading Agnes Varda – Cleo from 5 to 7 / Jane Campion – The Portrait of a Lady

Juleen Compton – Stranded

This past weekend, as part of their Juleen Compton x2 series, Metrograph screened Juleen Compton’s Stranded (1965) and The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean (1966). I was able to catch the former and was immediately struck by both its familiarity and uniqueness. In Stranded, Compton plays Raina, a proto-punk, travelling Greece with her American lover … Continue reading Juleen Compton – Stranded

Michael M. Bilandic – Happy Life / Hellaware

Just two months ago, Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s west side finally opened. For the unfamiliar, imagine: towering glass structures, boutique stores, and luxury apartments. This, the Hudson Yards website declares is “a template for the future of cities.” But for whom and at what cost? Reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids or Ada Calhoun’s St. Marks … Continue reading Michael M. Bilandic – Happy Life / Hellaware