Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals (2016)
“Depraved Highway” Imagine Apple’s creative design team, the artists who created the sleek metallic elegance of the Mac Book Pro on which I am composing these words, suddenly being asked to build an electric chair. No matter how beautiful the outcome, we’d still be inclined to foreground the fact that the object is built to ...

Loving (2016)

Loving (2016)
“Loving with a Vengeance” I’m just finishing up teaching a delightful course with my colleague, Bill Freivogel, a lawyer who covered the Supreme Court for many years as a journalist for The St. Louis-Post Dispatch. Our course, entitled “Which Supremes?” applies Supreme Court cases to film and television representations. We could not have asked for ...

Midnight Special (2016)

Midnight Special (2016)
“Not All That Close of an Encounter” Most reviews of Jeff Nichols’ latest film, Midnight Special (2016) suggest he is trying to make a blockbuster science-fiction film in the tradition of Steven Spielberg. In his positive review for The A.V. Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky finds the film to be “a unique blend of chase flick and ...

The Night Before (2015)

The Night Before (2015)
“Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby, a Bromance” The Night Before (Jonathan Levine, 2015) is one of those wonderful Hollywood films where the low expectations established by the trailer mask its more challenging project, making its final impact all the greater. I went to the film anticipating the normal “bromance” shenanigans from the Seth Rogen crowd. ...