Maniac (2018)

Maniac (2018)
“Perchance to Dream, Televisually” One of the last major trends in American television, before it ceased to exist, was the rise of quality programming on Home Box Office. Started in the early 1970s as a way of delivering television to rural areas, by the late 1990s, HBO was creating the most sophisticated television in both ...

The Frame (2014)

The Frame (2014)
“Re-Framing Samuel Beckett” Through their fundamental design, most artworks make us choose between embracing the values of high art or popular culture. An exception is Jamin Winans’ recent science-fiction film, The Frame (2014). In the film’s first shot, we meet Alex (David Carranza), a skillful cargo thief who is desperately trying to extract himself from ...

Krampus (2015)

Krampus (2015)
“St. (Nicholas) Elsewhere” In my favorite scene from Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984), while under attack from the monstrous progeny of her boyfriend Billy’s Christmas present, Kate (Phoebe Cates) invokes an urban legend to explain the trauma of the holiday season. Her father attempted to fuel her child-like wonderment by impersonating Santa Claus, and sliding down ...