There’s been no shortage of pieces lately decrying the state of the romcom—is it on life support? Dead? In danger? If you’ve been lamenting the dearth of gems like You’ve Got Mail and Bridget Jones’s Diary, then Hulu has good news for you with its release of director Raine Allen-Miller’s feature debut: Rye Lane. It’s a quick and quippy romp through London’s Peckham neighborhood as two heartbroken twentysomethings bond over breakups and, far more deliciously, how to get back at their rotten exes. It’s a return to form that doesn’t feel stuck in the past. Rather, it’s a joyful reminder of why everyone loves a rom-com to begin with. Continue Reading →
Turn Every Page - The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb
The working relationship between author Robert Caro and editor Robert Gottlieb, now over a half-century-long, has delivered five completed books with a sixth on the way. Judged by the numbers alone, that may not seem like an especially impressive output. However, the extraordinary amount of acclaim and influence these works have garnered tell a different story. One could convincingly mount a case for the two having the most significant author-editor relationship of our time. Perhaps even one to rival such legendary collaborators as Thomas Wolfe and Maxwell Perkins or T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. Continue Reading →
A game cast can't save Abi Damaris Corbin's misguided, manipulative account of a real-life tragedy.
(This review is part of our coverage of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.)
In a long line of recent movies that are desperate to say something important about our society today, 892 takes an ideologically muddled approach to racial and social politics. Abi Damaris Corbin's film functions similarly in its structure and tone to a few other past Sundance offerings like Fran Kranz’s Mass and Gustav Möller’s The Guilty, a lot of it stemming from the use of a single location for the majority of the action. Unfortunately, 892 is the weakest of these movies, a limp social-issue thriller that suffers from an uncontrolled eagerness to say everything all at once. Continue Reading →