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April 2020

#StreamingScene by Daniel Gorman Film

Vivarium | Lorcan Finnegan

April 30, 2020

My wife and two children have been at home since March 14th. I worked until the 17th, as my company waffled back and forth over reducing hours of operation before finally giving up and shutting its doors entirely, furloughing all employees until further notice. We are living in unprecedented times, with no end in sight beyond a vague trust that someway, somehow, things must return to normal. Of course, this has affected our viewing habits — how could it not?…

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#KickingtheCanon by Selina Lee Film

Elevator to the Gallows | Louis Malle

Haunting, melancholy, and achingly cool, Louis Malle’s 1958 debut Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour L’échafaud) laid the cinematic foundations for motifs and aesthetics that are now shorthand for French New Wave. This tautly paced noir thriller, which takes place over the course of…

April 29, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Patrick Devitt Film

Smoking/No Smoking | Alain Resnais

Alain Resnais’s ingenuity as a filmmaker is on full display in his adaptation of one of the British theater’s most complex and rewarding works, Intimate Exchanges. A theatrical octet written between 1982 and 1983 by prolific playwright Alan Ayckbourn, the work is comprised of…

April 24, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Alec Lane Music

Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis

It’s only appropriate that Dusty Springfield’s 1969 record — which found the singer’s vocal sensibilities shifting over to R&B, and to more deliberately paced arrangements — took its time to accumulate the canonical status that it enjoys today. Comparing “Son of a Preacher Man,”…

April 13, 2020
#KickingtheCanon by Daniel Gorman Film

Mission: Impossible | Brian De Palma

In their 2015 documentary, De Palma, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow let iconoclastic writer/director Brian De Palma speak about each of his films, chronologically, from early student films to 2013’s Passion. A fascinating (if minor) document, De Palma serves one important function: it locates…

April 1, 2020
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