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

Blog Update

I noticed that links in my archive were dead, so I’ve gone back and fixed them. I’ve also added static pages to both sites that will redirect users back to this main site. I’ve switched themes to “Independent Publisher 2,” because it gives me greater freedom and flexibility. I’m much happier with widgets appearing on … Continue reading Blog Update

Film of the Week: Fallen Angels

If you’ve never seen a Wong Kar-wai film, most people would recommend either Chungking Express (1994) or In the Mood for Love (2000). Neither choice is wrong, yet my personal favorite is Fallen Angels (1995). Fallen Angels serves as Chungking Express’ informal sequel, and as Kar-wai describes it, the main “character” in both these films … Continue reading Film of the Week: Fallen Angels

Film of the Week: Cowards Bend the Knee

Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) comes across as William Burroughs’s take on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Like his fellow Canadian compatriot Cronenberg, Guy Maddin’s interests are also profane and experimental. Here, a star hockey player falls prey to amnesia and is manipulated into assassination. The details of the plot aren’t as interesting as … Continue reading Film of the Week: Cowards Bend the Knee

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

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