Author: Megan Purdy

God’s Own Country Is A Necessary and Not So Sad, Gay Farming Movie

God’s Own Country Francis Lee (director and writer), Joshua James Richards (cinematographer), Chris Wyatt (editor) Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones (cast) Released October 25, 2017 The first time I saw Brokeback Mountain I got pre-emptively high and sobbed through the first third of the film, the happy parts. I spent the latter two thirds sobered up and empty, watching the tentative relationship between Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist blossom and then immediately wither; watching their misery increase year on year. Brokeback Mountain isn’t the only sad gay farming movie–when I first saw the trailer for...

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American Vandal Is Refreshingly, Sincerely Puerile

American Vandal Created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro, Camille Hyde, Eduardo Franco, Lukas Gage, Jessica Juarez, Lou Wilson, Camille Ramsey, Calum Worthy, G. Hannelius, Saxon Sharbino, Gabriela Fresquez (cast) Released September 15, 2017 Documentaries have to be one of the most popular genres of film on Netflix. Everything from NOVA docs from PBS, to the surprise hit Making a Murderer have popped up on the service. It’s not Netflix’s first dance with regard to Mockumentaries, however. That dubious honor belongs to LOOK WHO’S BACK. Suffice to say American Vandal is not a uh, mockumentary...

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High Fantasy Is an Intense Satire On Race and Power

High Fantasy Jenna Bass (director and cinematographer), Kyle Wallace (editor) Qondiswa James, Nala Khumalo, Francesca Varrie Michel, Liza Scholtz (cast) September 10, 2017 (TIFF) The fantasy in High Fantasy is South Africa’s rainbow nation. The film, shot entirely on an iPhone by director Jenna Bass, follows four friends on a trip to a defunct farm. The film explores questions of race, gender, ownership, and power. It’s a fantasy film in the sense that a road trip story takes a sharp turn into a body swap story, but it’s far more interested in the personal and social consequences of the...

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Mudbound: A Gorgeously Shot Drama About Southern Racism

Mudbound Dee Rees (director), Rachel Morrison (cinematographer), Mako Kamitsuna (editor) Adapted from the Hillary Jordan novel by Dee Rees and Virgil Williams Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige (cast) January 21, 2017 (Sundance), September 10, 2017 (TIFF), November 17, 2017 (USA) Mudbound is a raw, historical family drama with a Faulkernian cadence. The film is a domestic epic that tracks the lives of two intertwined families, one Black and one white, in 1940s Mississippi. Both families have young sons away in the war and both are bowed under the daily struggles of farm life....

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Backlight: Hollywood Is a Hellscape But There’s Still Some Cool Projects to Look Forward To

The New York Times published a major investigative piece this week exposing decades of sexual harassment by Miramax head, Harvey Weinstein. NYT used a combination of named and unnamed sources, internal documents, and legal filings from settled claims to piece together a story of thirty years  of using his position to manoeuvre women into uncomfortable situations, sexually assault them, and to coerce sex. In response to the piece, Weinstein initially apologized, saying “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to...

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