The Romanoffs: “The Royal We” (2018)

The Romanoffs:
“Tell The Russians We’re Coming” Matthew Weiner’s anthology series, The Romanoffs is beginning to shape up as a collection of great short stories. In the second episode, “The Royal We,” Weiner tells the story of Michael and Shelly Romanoff, a couple whose marriage is collapsing. Figure #1: Michael and Shelly Romanoff at couples counseling One ...

Don’t Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe (2016)
“Detroit, Don’t Exhale” While replete with horror film genre conventions—a monstrous antagonist; teenagers caught in an old, dark scary house; a menacing pit bull; and the like—my interest in Don’t Breathe, Fede Alvarez’ new home invasion thriller lies in its representation of the collapsed modern American city. The plot concerns Rocky (Jane Levy), foolishly in ...

Memento (2000)

Memento (2000)
“Detecting Himself” Critic Bernard Knox writes: “The hero… is thus his own destroyer; he is the detective who tracks down and identifies the criminal—who turns out to be himself.” While this analysis could have been penned about Memento, an astonishing neo-noir directed by Christopher Nolan, it is in fact an analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, ...