‘high school’ films: a modern renaissance

In his MTV interview at Toronto International Film Festival 2018, Timothée Chalamet speaks to Josh Horowitz about his experiences filming Beautiful Boy (2018) and what it means to be a young actor today. It can be seen here. He says, "What was amazing last year was that I felt like audiences are yearning, thirsty for films…

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hereditary (2018) and its deleted scenes: notes on grief

Some of Hereditary's deleted scenes have recently been circulated and can be seen here. [spoilers] For a film that deals with as much spiritual and visual horror as it does, Hereditary's dissection of grief isn't overshadowed but enforced. Horror seldom realistically presents grief. Considering how dominantly and graphically it portrays death, it's surprising that something that…

navigating joan didion’s sense of nothingness and nihilism in 2018

"I had...a technical intention...to write a novel so elliptical and fast that it would be over before you noticed it, a novel so fast that it would scarcely exist on the page at all"  — Didion Joan Didion's beautiful and unnerving 'Play It As It Lays' (1970) speaks to raw and intimate dialogues of existence. 48 years…