Claire Denis – High Life

Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day (2001) makes an apt comparison to her latest, High Life (2018) because both are genre films made by a director who doesn’t traffic in them. The two, however, couldn’t be any more different than one another. While both share horror elements, the genre conventions in Trouble Every Day are either … Continue reading Claire Denis – High Life

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

Hovercrafts and Cows: The Black Avant-Garde of Adult Swim

The following is a transcript of a presentation I gave at the Graduate Center's 2018 Lightning Talks. Good evening everyone. My name is Anthony Dominguez, and I’m currently a MALS student in the film studies track. Today, I am here to talk about the programming put on by the television channel, Adult Swim. Specifically, as … Continue reading Hovercrafts and Cows: The Black Avant-Garde of Adult Swim

Wandering Women: Drifting as Resistance

The following is a text adaptation of a zine I made for a History of Cinema II course at the Graduate Center University. Titled, "Wandering Women," the zine was a mock screening series centered on female directed films whose stories revolved around women traversing urban landscapes. “We shall not cease from exploration And the end … Continue reading Wandering Women: Drifting as Resistance