Category Archives: Reel understanding

Reexamining ‘The Matrix’ as primarily a love story

Reactions to The Matrix Resurrections, the new long-gestating revisitation of the turn-of-the-century series, have been extremely strong and extremely mixed in ways that I don’t feel like quantifying. I’ve been torn between the desire to write about it and the … Continue reading

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Reely understanding the ‘Suspiria’ remake

The 2018 Suspiria remake is a daunting masterpiece of queer and anti-fascist cinema that demands to be understood on its own terms. I’ve ‘splained this movie enough times during quarantine, or tried to, that I think it’s time to put … Continue reading

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Revisiting ‘Uncut Gems’ eight months later

I’ve been revisiting a lot of recently streaming favorites in quarantine, and I wanted to take a few minutes to write about a movie that I don’t think I gave its due on initial examination. Uncut Gems is a frustrating … Continue reading

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Reely understanding ‘John Wick’ and parallels with Roman mythology

One of my favorite things about John Wick: Chapter 2, and one of the most illustrative ways in which John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum represents a slight step down, is how well it sews mythology into its narrative. Chapter 2, and by extension the original John … Continue reading

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On Netflix, ‘Roma’ and Auteur Theory

Ever since Netflix began to produce and procure original content in 2012, it has struggled to legitimize itself in the eyes of mainstream trendsetters. This has been no real trouble for the company whatsoever – Twitter and other social media … Continue reading

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