by Luke Gorham

#StreamingScene by Luke Gorham Film

Guava Island | Hiro Murai

April 19, 2019

“Anywhere where in order to get rich you have to make someone else richer is America” says musician Deni (Donald Glover) early into Guava Island — a cynical musing that proves a thematic ingress for this film. The specifics of the fictional, Caribbean-flecked nation used as Guava Island’s setting are related in a dazzlingly rendered 2D-animated prologue that’s emphatic in its fable influence. Once a paradise, Guava Island has since commodified its magical silkworms under the rule of a lineage…

Continue Reading

by Luke Gorham Retrospective

Woman on the Beach | Hong Sang-soo

As perhaps the most narratively straightforward Hong Sang-soo film to date, albeit one still prone to a certain structural mischievousness, Woman on the Beach modulates its conceptual restraint in such a languid way as to allow its characters room to breathe. Interestingly, despite this active divergence of approach, Woman…

October 19, 2018
by Luke Gorham Podcasts

Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 8

#8: It Comes at Night Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: On this week’s episode we head to the movie theater and check out a film that a majority of critics love and audiences seem to despise, 2017’s “horror” flick It Comes at…

June 27, 2017
by Luke Gorham Podcasts

Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 7

#7: High Tension Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: On this week’s episode we delve into 2005’s High Tension, an extreme horror flick from France directed by Alexandre Aja that was hacked to death in the editing room by Lionsgate. Hell, they even added…

June 17, 2017
by Luke Gorham Podcasts

Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 6

#6: People Like Us Download episode here. Listen to episode here. Episode Description: As the latest version of The Mummy lurches its way into theaters, we take a look at director Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, 2012’s family dramedy People Like Us, a film that forces us…

June 14, 2017
by Luke Gorham by Sam C. Mac Retrospective

The Whispering Star | Sion Sono

While much of Sion Sono’s early-aughts filmography is littered with cycles of violence and horror—films that plumb the depths of a darkness seemingly inherent in humankind—the ever-ubiquitous director’s finest of a whopping five 2015 theatrical releases pointedly proffers a rejection of its post-human world. With The Whispering Star, Sono opts for…

September 2, 2016
by Luke Gorham by Sam C. Mac Film

Where to Invade Next | Michael Moore

Where to Invade Next is really a whole bunch of different movies, but just about each one of them is incisive and humane. Michael Moore’s approach here is almost essayistic, allowing his new documentary’s constituent parts to fluidly integrate into a broader assessment of international cultural…

December 12, 2015
by Luke Gorham Film

Brooklyn | John Crowley

The biggest surprise of Brooklyn is how determinedly sweet it remains to the end, its period vibrancy bordering on the genteel. In navigating the push-pull narrative of Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish girl who relocates to New York in the early ’50s, director John Crowley leaves little doubt…

December 10, 2015
by Luke Gorham Film

Burnt | John Wells

The re-emergence of the culinary arts as part of the zeitgeist has been an evolving narrative for the past decade, most noticeably found on the small screen with fully-dedicated cable channels and network reality shows. Burnt banks on this built-in relevancy and familiarity in…

November 16, 2015
by Luke Gorham Film

The Walk | Robert Zemeckis

Those who’ve seen James Marsh’s superior 2008 documentary Man on Wirewill be familiar with most of the narrative territory explored in Robert Zemeckis’s faithful recreation The Walk. Detailing the astonishing 1974 tightrope walk performed by Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) between the newly-constructed World Trade…

November 1, 2015