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by Luke Gorham Music Obscure Object

Honey Harper | Starmaker

Honey Harper’s Starmaker offers a delicate, otherworldly reimagining of country music. Honey Harper isn’t yet a big name. But if you’ve had any exposure to the musician, you’ll know of his reputation as the modern torch carrier of Gram Parsons’ Cosmic American Music tradition. Born William…

July 27, 2020
Blockbuster Beat by Luke Gorham Film

Irresistible | Jon Stewart

To understand the ostensible intent of Jon Stewart’s latest film, Irresistible, it’s best to begin at the end: “Money lived happily ever after…reveling in its outsized influence over American politics,” a postscript reads. This is a uniquely unifying idea in contemporary America, one that…

June 26, 2020
by Luke Gorham Film Kicking the Canon

Vive L’amour | Tsai Ming-liang

In many ways, Tsai Ming-liang’s Vive L’amour follows (or establishes, given its chronological situation within his filmography) many of the director’s most characteristic tendencies. From the outset, wonky angles capture images in slight distortion; primary characters exhaust nearly half of the film’s runtime before any…

June 10, 2020
by Luke Gorham Film Retrospective

Vive L’amour | Tsai Ming-liang

In many ways, Tsai Ming-liang’s Vive L’amour follows (or establishes, given its chronological situation within his filmography) many of the director’s most characteristic tendencies. From the outset, wonky angles capture images in slight distortion; primary characters exhaust nearly half of the film’s runtime before…

June 8, 2020
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by Luke Gorham Film Horizon Line

Liberté | Albert Serra

Liberté is gorgeous and confounding, a Brechtian presentation of passion, tedium and perversion. Albert Serra’s Liberté continues the director’s penchant for placing human rot, literal and metaphorical, within the garish trappings and knowing artifice of re-creation. Presented here are the wanton sexual and violent revels of…

June 1, 2020
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