Favorite Recordings of 2021: Part One (Honorable Mentions and #36–#26)

It has finally begun! On January 20, Looking Closer's look back at favorite recordings of 2021 has…


Newsic: New song from Tom Skinner, Thom Yorke, and Johnny Greenwood

This isn't an easy song to sing along with. It shouldn't be. But it represents a meaningful anger,…


Joel Coen’s Macbeth adaptation is visually striking — but unaffecting

Did social distancing influence this Joel Coen production of the Scottish play? It has some great…


Weekender: 2022 film calendar; Luci Shaw’s latest poems; C’mon C’mon; Azor; Licorice Pizza

This week: An astounding 2022 preview. The upcoming poetry of Luci Shaw. And some initial thoughts…


The Weekender: Christmas Edition 2021

This week: Malick's rollercoaster ride through the eons of history. Mia Hansen-Løve's film Bergman…


Twenty years ago this weekend, a fellowship formed in Rivendell…

Twenty years ago this weekend, I joined a fellowship at the local cineplex to witness an event that…


The Weekender – Third Weekend of December 2021

Merry Christmas early! The Weekender will be a Surprise Box, an unpredictable newsletter, a…


Discovering “Devi”

During November's Barnes and Noble Criterion sale, I took a chance on a film I've never seen…


Why I find “Passing” a profoundly “unrelatable” film

In a season of sprawling epics and extravagant spectacle, Rebecca Hall's directorial debut is one…


Welcome to Wes Andersonia, Part 1: My first two visits to The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson's devoting every resource at his disposal to realizing grander visions. The results…