2018: The Books I’ve Read – Q2

In the second quarter of the year, I managed to boost my rate of consumption by 66%, even as I took longer with at least one book than I had with any of the other seven I’ve read so far this year. That all of the books I’ve read have been fairly short helps (the longest is…

My Six-Month Film Awards: 2018

  I decided to publish this article a week early; I’ll be going out of town and not seeing any new films for a while (sorry, Gotti, you’ll have to wait), and since most of it was written up already, I saw no particular reason to wait. Without further ado, the best films, performances, screenplays, and…

FIRST REFORMED Review – ****

The special brilliance of First Reformed is that, for as much as it confronts us with the ugliness of life, both in an eternal sense and in a sense of the issues we face at this very moment, it repeatedly counters its own arguments by reminding us of the persistence of life, of its simple joys and…