Wonderstruck (2017)

Wonderstruck (2017)
The Sounds of Silence: Todd Haynes’ Film Adaptation of Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck Director Todd Haynes’ new film, Wonderstruck (2017), is a revelation. Haynes’ loving reconstructions of popular American film culture have earned him a reputation as an exquisite art filmmaker. For media scholars, his most compelling work has been 2002’s Far From Heaven, a film ...

Keanu (2016)

Keanu (2016)
“Oil and Smoke: The Carnivalesque Double Consciousness of Key and Peele” The first thing I do when I teach film comedy is observe that the funniest contemporary films were loathed upon their release. Critics dismissed Airplane! (Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, 1980) and Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980) as sophomoric, not seeming to notice the close ...

Grudge Match (2013)

Grudge Match (2013)
Allegory of the Ring Grudge Match, a seemingly silly film about two geriatric boxers played by Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, turns out to be the most interesting film this holiday season. Alas, not many will go to see it, because people are trained to see the surface of things. Instead, what I want to ...