The Cinessential

I Know Where I’m Going!

I Know Where I’m Going!

Our film of the week at The Cinessential is Bill Forsythe’s Local Hero. It’s not a film I’m familiar with (though many of my colleagues’ glowing essays have piqued by interest in it), so I instead tackled our related review and wrote about the Archers’ 1945 film I Know Where I’m Going! Click here to […]

American Dream Review

American Dream Review

The Cinessential writes a related review each week for the film it’s highlighting. For Harlan County U.S.A. week, I decided to write my related review on Barbara Kopple’s other excellent workers’ rights documentary, American Dream. Click here to check out the piece. I’ll share more here on a regular basis, but please also subscribe to […]

Why Harlan County U.S.A. Is Essential

Why Harlan County U.S.A. Is Essential

I had a chance to choose a film for a week of coverage at The Cinessential and went with one of my favorite documentaries of all time, Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County U.S.A. In my latest piece, our opening statement for the week, I outline why it’s important to include documentaries in the “canon” and what […]

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review

My latest for The Cinessential is a review of the 1958 movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. We’re celebrating Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? all week, and this piece compares the two beloved stage-to-screen adaptations starring Elizabeth Taylor. Click here to check out the piece. I’ll share more here on a regular basis, but […]

The Futurist and the Future

The Futurist and the Future

I’m writing and editing for a new film website called The Cinessential, which launched this week under the guidance of fellow writer and OFCS members Aaron Pinkston. The site will highlight one noteworthy title each week with a variety of thematic essays. For our kickoff, we chose two titles — Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment […]