New DVDs at KPL 8/14

New DVDs at KPL 8/14

Bacurau Beanpole Bull Light From Light Never Rarely Sometimes Always Eliza Hittman’s previous film, Beach Rats, explored the minefield of a male adolescent upbringing in an environment of toxic masculinity. As its protagonist stealthily moves between his macho...
Film Noir on Kanopy

Film Noir on Kanopy

If you go on Kanopy and search “Film Noir”, three categories appear: Classic Noir, Neo Noir, and International Noir. Reviewing the first reveals a hodgepodge of films. Classics, yes, but not necessarily film noir classics. In fact, some should be viewed as...
Kanopy Pick: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Kanopy Pick: Bicycle Thieves (1948)

This is probably the third time I’ve written something about Bicycle Thieves.  Before I went to film school, I had to pick a film from a pre-approved list and write an essay for it on my application. Something about the story of Bicycle Thieves appealed to me. A...
Best Films of 2018!

Best Films of 2018!

Hi everyone! Check out my full list with descriptions at TheArtsSTL.com! 1. Hereditary 2. The Favourite 3. BlacKkKlansman 4. If Beale Street Could Talk 5. You Were Never Really Here 6. First Reformed 7. Happy End 8. Blindspotting 9. The Rider 10. Bisbee ’17 Nic...
Best Films of 2018 So Far!

Best Films of 2018 So Far!

This has been a particularly exciting year for film. Masters are returning to form. Newcomers are smashing expectations. And overall, the stories have been markedly surreal, inventive, and innovative. Here are some of the best films I’ve seen so far this year!...