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I caught the film Obit in 2016 as part of my coverage for Filmmaker on the Tribeca Film Festival. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release this week, I spoke with the film’s director, Vanessa Gould, about the documentary for Brooklyn Magazine. Our talk touches on issues of nostalgia, grieving on social media, the logistical hurdles of filming at the New York Times, and why her film is not “a film about death.”

You can read the full interview – my first piece for Brooklynhere.

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My second piece for Oscilloscope’s Musings is up. Following my November 2016 long-read on film adaptations of Wuthering Heights, I return to the site to explore another obsession: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. I wrote in excessive length about the film in 2011-2012 on this site (click here to read all seven pieces).

For my piece at Musings, I spoke with the film’s screenwriter William Finkelstein to discuss the film’s anarchic collision of Nic Cage scenery-chewing, Herzog’s mystical tangents, and Finkelstein’s police procedural storytelling. It’s an article long in the making. You can read it here.

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For the second year in a row I helped manage Filmmaker Magazine‘s extensive web coverage of the Sundance Film Festival remotely from New York. Click the links to learn more:

Short interview with Alex Ross Perry on Golden Exits, his follow-up to the (beloved by me) Queen of Earth.

Short interview with Gillian Robespierre on Landline, the writer director’s follow-up to Obvious Child.

Short interview with writer/director Matt Ruskin on Crown Heights, which won the Audience Award in the U.S. dramatic competition.

Interviews with editors and DPs on Sundance films. I wrote the intro paragraphs to dozens of these pieces, which you can find collected here.

Lastly, I collected and collated dozens of “Sundance Response” pieces, all of which you’ll find here.

Like last year, I look forward to actually seeing these films.

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I revisited Groundhog Day after many years over Thanksgiving. I landed on it flipping through channels amid the family. Soon we all sat transfixed. We all laughed, but inside I felt something stir. What a profoundly destabilizing film. There I was, day-drinking a beer with the fam, suddenly forced to reassess how I live my life. In between laughs I felt my stomach sink.

I find striking similarities between Groundhog Day and Paterson, the new film from Jim Jarmusch. Over at Filmmaker, I write about how the films play off one another and what they say about the act of everyday living. They are both essential works I plan to revisit regularly, like scripture. You can find my piece on the two films here.

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In 2015 I grew bored with the top 10 year-end list and tried something new: a rundown of the year’s exemplary films as double features. You can find that piece at Filmmaker Magazine’s website. I felt this was a novel – or at least new to me – way to assess the year’s films. I continue the tradition this year, once again at Filmmaker‘s website. Click here to read my top 10 double features of 2016.

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If you’re in the market for 5,000 words on Wuthering Heights, I have the piece for you.

This fall I became obsessed with Emily Brontë’s novel and its many feature film adaptations. Over at Oscilloscope Laboratories’ Musings, I go long and very personal on why this novel has enchanted filmmakers for decades. My piece looks at adaptations by Buñuel, Rivette, Wyler, Andrea Arnold, and others. If you made the 5,000 word investment, I thank you.

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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.

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