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

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Film of the Week: Hi, Mom!

Brian De Palma’s Hi, Mom! (1970) is a bait-and-switch of a film. Robert De Niro, in a proto-Travis Bickle role, plays Jon Rubin, an amateur photographer hired to take Rear Window (1954) style erotic photos of his neighbors. To explain any further, however, would spoil the surprise. Suffice to say, the script carries with it … Continue reading Film of the Week: Hi, Mom!

Film of the Week: Patlabor 2

Throughout Mamoru Oshii’s filmography there lies an interest in Japan’s political history. The end of World War II and its subsequent consequences serve as the nexus through which Oshii creates the alternate setting of his films. With Patlabor 2 (1993), Oshii questions the role of Japan’s military, the Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF), during times of … Continue reading Film of the Week: Patlabor 2

Dan Gilroy – Velvet Buzzsaw

Velvet Buzzsaw seems to be from the bygone era of the literary Brat Pack’s heyday. The film’s world of selfish characters, sleek architecture, and high couture, despite its L.A. trappings, recall the east-coast set novels of Brett Easton Ellis—American Psycho, for example. Yet, an L.A. setting alongside a script meant to both terrify and satirize … Continue reading Dan Gilroy – Velvet Buzzsaw

Top Films of 2018

Let the Sunshine In – Claire Denis Zama – Lucrecia Martel First Reformed – Paul Schrader Burning – Lee Chang-dong Shoplifters – Hirokazu Kore-eda Madeline’s Madeline – Josephine Decker Shirkers – Sandi Tan Notes on Appearance – Ricky D’Ambrose Hale County This Morning, This Evening – RaMell Ross Golden Exits – Alex Ross Perry