Murder on the Orient Express Reminds Us to Embrace the Gray Areas of Life

Remakes of classic films–and worse yet, classic films based on equally as classic books–tend always to be dicey. And even with Kenneth Branagh’s faithful rendering of everything he adapts, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Macbeth, there can be no denying that, as Christopher Orr of The Atlantic put it, “Murder …

My Friend Dahmer Details the Pre-Serial Killer Era of An Adolescent In Need of a Connection

Though serial killers are always ultimately painted as gruesome non-human caricatures when the body count tally finally gets publicized, there is almost always a backstory that sheds a project-level light on the why. In Jeffrey Dahmer’s case, a tense home life paired with strange urges constantly manifesting in the dismemberment …

Taking Cues From Her Sacramento Forebears, Didion and Ringwald, Greta Gerwig Adds to the Parsimonious List of Abashed Love Letters to the City

As Greta Gerwig’s directorial and solo writing debut, it’s only right that she should go for the most autobiographical subject possible: the California capital city in which she was raised. With only two truly “grandmotherly” sources representative of Sacramento success stories (i.e. getting out and becoming world-renowned), Gerwig draws on the …

Jeune Femme: “I was everything to him, and now I’m nothing.”

It’s been an exceptional year for female film debuts (Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird at the forefront). And Léonor Serraille’s Jeune Femme (alternately called Montparnasse Bienvenue) is one of the shining examples of this trend in 2017 cinema. As Lyon-originating Paula Simonian (Laetitia Dosch) very literally bangs her head against a wall …