Update: January 2, 2018

Good evening, friends and interwubbians. Two things which I wanted to bring to your attention. The first is that my latest video essay, "How Orson Welles Starts A Movie", has been uploaded to Youtube. I'll spare you the saga of its construction. I will say that the transition between 2018 and 2019 was, due to…Read more Update: January 2, 2018

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Aprés Everything: The World of Akira Kurosawa

You can find the video version of this essay here. It’s difficult for those of us living in 21st-century America to understand the reality of Japan some sixty-plus years ago. America has, to date, never lost an official war, never been occupied by a victorious military force, never had its entire reality shaken so suddenly,…Read more Aprés Everything: The World of Akira Kurosawa

“You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet”

Movie-making is essentially a family heirloom some preschool teacher brings for show-and-tell, passing it around a circle of sticky-fingered four-year-olds until it's so covered in smudgy fingerprints, it's almost unrecognizable. Gross. But sometimes, one of those gunky mouth-breathers leaves behind a smear that changes the landscape of cinema forever, and gets elevated to the pantheon…Read more “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet”