A review of Platonic, a lushly intimate new web series on Youtube August 12th.
In the first few minutes of She Dies Tomorrow, we are shown a glimpse through a doorway of a man with his back to us, peering in on him as he spirals out of control. "Oh my God, it's over," he mutters to himself. "It's fucking over." As he paces, he becomes more and more... Continue Reading →
Between Lady Bird, Pen15, and now Yes, God, Yes, we've officially reached the point where nostalgic coming-of-age media is nostalgic for the time period where I came of age: the early 2000s. I've spent my life watching movies and TV shows that were nostalgic for a time before I was born, learning how to decode... Continue Reading →
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic — boy, am I tired of starting articles with those words — film festivals around the world are finding new methods of distributing movies to fans. An unexpected benefit of the situation is that festivals, which are by their very nature dependent on geography, open themselves up to film fans... Continue Reading →
Bonnie and Clyde narratives are a dime a dozen. There are plenty of movies actually about the bankrobbing outlaw couple themselves — Bonnie & Clyde (1967), for example, and Netflix's 2019 film The Highwaymen — and there are also plenty simply inspired by the idea of a madly-in-love guy and gal on the run from... Continue Reading →
This Friday June 12th, in observance of Pride Month, PBS will air Prideland, an hourlong special about the lives of LGBTQ+ people who live south of the Mason-Dixon line. The special is a companion to their ongoing Youtube series of the same name; some of the interviews in the special have already aired in a... Continue Reading →
This afternoon, LGBTQ+ community members and allies in West Hollywood, California marched in a peaceful protest in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which is gaining momentum across the USA.
I was a few weeks late discovering Australian pop singer Josef Salvat's sophomore album modern anxiety, which dropped on May 15th. While Salvat's first album Night Swim (2015) was a critical hit in the UK and Europe, it didn't make much of a splash in the US. But now, with everyone stuck at home and... Continue Reading →
I find that it's impossible for me to be cynical while listening to Ben Platt; from the moment he stepped out on stage in Pitch Perfect and sang, "I've got the magic in me", to his heartbreaking, Tony-winning turn in Dear Evan Hansen, I was taken by the earnestness in his voice that resists all attempts... Continue Reading →
The web series is a difficult format to get right. Too short, and it can feel unsatisfying to viewers used to binging longer-form television; too long, and it can seem like there just wasn't quite enough there to make a full-on TV show. The new Canadian series Avocado Toast the series, available on OUTtvGo in... Continue Reading →