A Librarian in Hot Pants, a Side Order of House Music, and a Seltzer, Please

A woman (Parker Posey) wearing blue high heels, red stockings, a red skirt, red gloves, leopard-print jacket, and sunglasses walks down a sidewalk with buildings littered with graffiti behind her.

|Becky Welander| I was re-watching some of the early seasons of Project Runway recently, discovering that in Season 6, Episode 7, Michael Kors comments with disgust that one of the designs looked like a librarian from 1979. Michael Kors is certainly not the first or the last person… Continue reading

No Country for Old Men: Ride the High Country (1962) and The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

|MH Rowe| The most important thing in a Sam Peckinpah western is the automobile. Cars are the essential metaphor, at least when it comes to his crudely grand and murderous epic The Wild Bunch (1969), but also when you consider his first classic film Ride the High CountryContinue reading

Movie Stars, Maggie Cheung, and The Heroic Trio

Two women dressed in black - one wielding a sword, the other wearing a headband - stand in front of a pinkish structure on a foggy night.

|Azra Thakur| I watched my first Maggie Cheung film, In the Mood for Love (2000), near the start of the pandemic at home. I didn’t read much about it beforehand (the best way to watch films) and was mesmerized as Maggie Cheung appeared scene after scene in print after gorgeous print… Continue reading

In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-wai’s Silent Dance: Where Image Meets Flesh in Fifteen Frames

A woman sits at her dressing table in a green dress and white oval earrings, downcast after crying. You can see her from two additional angles in the mirror behind her.

|Casey Jarrin| The erotics of a single finger / pressing the doorbell / slowly / Quiet intimacies of space / slender hands graze / a forgotten doorframe / Wardrobes / lifted by ropes / A slash of fabric / midnights of rain / Every frame: a sigh / a wish held close / a silent exchange. Continue reading