Writing: Essays + Criticism

My film criticism and essays, and where they exist across the web.


Vague Visages:

Neon Genesis Evangelion’: Subversion, Psychoanalysis and the Lasting Appeal of Demanding Art

Film Inquiry:

Stockholm - Finds A Perfect Balance Between Broad Humor & Sincerity

The Kid: A Bland, Disjointed Take On A Classic Story

Ash is Purest White: A Melancholy Tale Of Human Connection

Serenity: Baffling, Outrageous, But Excitingly Original Nonetheless

Close: Extremely Watchable, But Frustratingly Shallow

Rust Creek: A Tense, Effectively Executed Survival Thriller

Bird Box: Tonally Baffling, Neither Entertaining Nor Moving

Anime’s Mainstream Moment: Past, Present, & Speculation

If Beale Street Could Talk: Thematically Complex, Beautifully Shot, Impressively Acted

Outlaw King: Unfocused, Repetitive, But Not Without Ambition

Private Life: A Bittersweet Portrait Of A Couple’s Pursuit Of Parenthood

Cowboys, Classical Greek Art & America’s Founding Myth

Nappily Ever After: An Exploration Of Beauty That’s Shallow & Judgmental

Unseen Films:

The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story - DOC NYC 2018

Takumi: A 60,000 Hour Story On The Survival Of Human Craft - DOC NYC 2018

Hotel by the River - New York Film Festival 2018

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - LA Film Festival 2018

Audiences Everywhere:

All the Money in the World Review - "All the Money in the World" Touches Upon Tragedy but can Resort to Moralizing

2017 Star of the Year: Greta Gerwig

The Last Jedi Review: The Last Jedi is a Mostly-Successful Exploration of Morality and Legacy

Free Will and the Destiny in our DNA: Blade Runner 2049 and Gattaca

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review - The Golden Circle Is Fun, but Somewhat Empty

The Vault Review - In The Vault, Poor Creative Decisions Add Up to a Weak Horror Film

Atonement: Lies, Stories, and Art as Penitence - A Look Back at "Atonement"

Logan Lucky Review - Logan Lucky is Well-acted, Sharply-written, and Sweet

Ingrid Goes West Review - Ingrid Goes West Explores the Lunacy of Social Media Obsession

Lady Macbeth Review - "Lady Macbeth" is a Beautiful, Bleak Story of Desperation and Cruelty

A Look Back at Don Siegel's The Beguiled (1971)

The Bad Batch Review - The Bad Batch is Disjointed and Aimless

Shimmer Lake Review - Shimmer Lake is Shallow Tale of Small Town Crime

Vincent N Roxxy Review - Vincent N Roxxy Abandons its Characters for Cartoonish Violence

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review - Dead Men Tell No Tales Struggles to Put to Rest a Once-Great Franchise

Free Fire Review - Free Fire Sees Fear and Masculine Insecurity Beget Violence

Colossal Review - Colossal is a Monster Movie Rooted in its Protagonist's Psyche

Ghost in the Shell Review - Ghost in the Shell is a Visual Spectacle with an Empty Soul

Anime That Deserve Life-Action Adaptations

The Original Star Wars Trilogy and Its Hopeful Hero (Trilogy Month Feature)

Lavender Review - Lavender Squanders its Potential, Leans on Clichés

20th Century Women Review - 20th Century Women and the Distance Between American Generations

La La Land Review - La La Land is a Story of Dreams, Reality, and the Search for Artistic Fulfillment

13th Review - 13th is Informative and Shockingly Relevant

Queen of Katwe Review - Queen of Katwe is Sometimes Predictable but Worth Seeing

The Intervention Review - The Intervention Explores Relationships but Avoids the Ugly Bits

Honeytrap Review - Honeytrap is a Coming-of-Age Tale with a Hint of Shakespearean Tragedy

Zoom Review - Zoom Has an Interesting Concept but Doesn't Dig Deep Enough

Morris From America Review - Morris From America is a Charming Coming-of-Age Tale

The Queue:

Navigating Nostalgia: The Supposed Safety of the Remake

E3’s 2017 Expo Shows That There’s Some Hope for Diversity in Video Games

Washington Square News:

"The Moment I Knew I Loved..." (Series: The Office)

"Video gamers Explore Diversity" - Different Games event coverage

Wild Canaries Review - Canaries Combines Comedy, Noir"