• We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful: “Withnail & I”

    by Ashley Naftule “I’m 30 in a month and I’ve got a sole flapping off my shoe.” It’s 1969 and two unemployed actors in Camden Town are struggling to stay afloat. While the Summer of Love zeitgeist is raging on in other parts of the country, Marwood (Paul McGann) and Withnail (Richard E. Grant) spend […]

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  • California Dreams and Expiration Dates: “Chungking Express”

    by Ashley Naftule I’ve been “putting myself out there” recently. In 21st terms, that means I’ve vanquished what lingering reservations about online dating I had left and dived head-on into the worlds of Matches and OkCupids and swipe apps. As someone with a history of dating people I’ve known as friends first, throwing myself into […]

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  • 8 Films That You Should Watch With Your Father

    by Ashley Naftule Lone Wolf and Cub Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. A perfect time to spend some quality bonding time with dear old Dad. What better way for y’all to come together than to watch a movie? Here’s a few suggestions on movies that the two of you can watch that will […]

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  • “Visual Drone”: Slowing Down with Tarkovsky & Tati

    by Ashley Naftule Solaris “It’s so slow.” That’s one of the most common and damning critiques you can hear about a movie – that it’s slow. Slow is often used as a synonym for boring. Telling someone that a film is slow is probably the quickest and most effective way to convince them NOT to […]

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  • Who Needs Story When You’ve Got Kung Fu?

    by Ashley Naftule Mystery of Chessboxing The thing about genre movies is that you have to take them on their own terms. You can’t watch a giallo film with the same set of expectations you’d bring to an Oscar bait movie. It’s comparable to going to a concert: a jazz or noise show won’t flow […]

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  • Not So Bitter After All: “Killer of Sheep”

    by Ashley Naftule A married couple dance in their living room as a record player spins Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth.” They dance for the entirety of the song: the husband shirtless and grim-faced, the wife in a dress. She kisses his neck and tries to coax affection out of him, but he’s too numb […]

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  • Shut Up, You’re Ruining It!

    by Ashley Naftule You know what’s one of the biggest problems plaguing Hollywood films over the last ten years? They don’t know when to shut the hell up. A common complaint lodged against the movie industry is that they don’t care about storytelling. That plot takes a backseat to star casting and CGI fireworks. I […]

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  • 3 By Demme

    by Ashley Naftule Jonathan Demme died today, at the age of 73, from complications from heart disease and esophageal cancer. An Academy Award-winning career, Demme has had a long career as a filmmaker. Starting off in the Roger Corman grindhouse factory, he went on to direct gritty thrillers, prestige movies, music videos, concert films, documentaries, […]

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