For my beloved Filmmaker – where I regularly serve as proofreader and fact-checker for the quarterly print publication – I spoke with John McNaughton about his landmark 1986 film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Henry is being rereleased in theaters this fall. You can read my interview here, which covers the film’s audience-antagonistic structure as well as my teenage love of McNaughton’s Wild Things.
I interviewed Elizabeth Wood, the writer and director of the new film White Girl, for Paper Magazine. You can check the interview here. We spoke an awful lot about life in New York, gentrification, and the film’s preoccupations with race, class, and gender. It was a pleasure – and my first piece for Paper.
Earlier this month, I contributed to Filmmaker Magazine‘s coverage of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
I conducted brief interviews with Ian Olds, director of the indie drama The Fixer; Drake Doremus, director of the A24-acquired Equals; Laurie Rose, the cinematographer of the J. G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise; and Sonia Kennebeck, director of the fantastic documentary National Bird.
I also published two Critic’s Notebook pieces. The first piece covers my thoughts on three of the films above and The Family Fang. The second piece covers the New York Times documentary Obit and the David Byrne ‘n’ friends concert/dance doc Contemporary Color.
Lastly, I spoke with my favorite straight-man Jason Bateman on The Family Fang, his second film as a director. He ate a decidedly basic-looking iceberg salad while we talked.
Follow the links to read some or all of my coverage from Tribeca 2016.
At Paste Magazine, I dissect 10 Kanye West lyrics about the great love of his life: his Mercedes Benz. This is how I have chosen to spend my finite time on earth. You can read the piece here.
Apologies – I’m a little late in posting this. Last month, I helped cover the 2016 Sundance Film Festival for Filmmaker Magazine. I wrote intros for more than 30 interviews, posted more than 40 entries for the magazine’s annual “Sundance Questionnaire,” and conducted an interview with Nate Parker, the writer/director/star of The Birth of a Nation. That film went on to win the festival’s U.S. Grand Jury Prize.
My interview with Parker has since been quoted in the New York Times, CNN, and elsewhere. As of press time, I haven’t seen a single film from Sundance 2016 – but I have read enough interviews with DPs and directors from the festival to fake my way through a conversation.
2015 was the year I truly fell in love with the double feature. So, in lieu of a standard top-10 list to cap off the year in film, I wrote a piece on 10 great double features from 2015. You can read it over at Filmmaker Magazine‘s website. You’ll find most of my favorite films of the year here (with the exception of Chi-Raq, a film with few cinematic cousins). Even since writing this piece a few days ago, I’ve discovered another new contender: 99 Homes and The Big Short – a double bill on the causes and consequences of the 2008 financial crisis. I’m sure I’ll continue to find more as I continue to trudge through the films of 2015. For now, here are 10 I think would well for your double feature needs.
About a month ago I wrote a Facebook post on what password security questions would look like if I wrote them. I reworked the post and sent it to McSweeney’s. Today, they published it under the McSweeney’s Internet Tendency banner. You can read the NIHILISTICLE here.