"The Congress" is a roll call of the orgiastic pleasures and bountiful comforts that art provides, and, a reminder of what waits for us when…
A native of Chicago, Sam lives and works in San Francisco as a journalist and student at San Francisco State University. He's the founder of Movie Mezzanine, residential film critic for SF Bay and member of the OFCS. He also happens to be (consistently) illogically idealistic about everything (save for politics).
Superhero movies; A personal story about a man's uncle; Under the Skin and feminism; Barbara Walters sets retirement date; Mickey Rooney leaves us.
Tilda Swinton, interviewed; The story behind "Boy With Appple"; Analyzing how rape is depicted in television; "Poptimism" and music criticism; Thoughtful reflections on Roger Ebert.
David Letterman retires; Jonathan Glazer interviewed; Alan Partridge examined; "Leaked" claims exposed; Great films unveiled.
Two visions of Metropolis; Movies with women in main roles make more money; Domestic violence in The Long Goodbye; An interview with Thelma Schoonmaker; Dissecting male violence and beginning a conversation that needs to be had.
A blind critic shows us the light; The Wire and Juice; Death in television; Mac DeMarco and Salad Days; Teenage sexual promiscuity.
Spike Lee writes an open letter to A.O. Scott, A The Shining producer calls Room 237 "idiotic"; Facebook's latest money-grabbing ploy; Introducing The Critical Press; Archie Bunker and Norman Lear.
Understanding consciousness; Inside Llewyn Davis and Mad Men; Canceling the Colbert Show; John Wayne biography; Amtrak's shoddy writer's program.
Entertainment Weekly pays writers in non-existent prestige; The pleasure of Masters of Sex; The Rock and prewar cinema; A brilliant (also illegal) streaming service; Forming opinions.
Nymphomaic explains the career of Lars von Trier; Nolan rejects 3D; Critics should write about form, except when they don't want to; A 1970s mother blogs; HBO challenges Netflix.
Beauty shaped by evolution; A tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman; Onslaught of YA adaptations; Facebook purchases Oculus; Chris Evans retires from acting.