Alice Munro: “Mischief”

“Mischief” is the sixth story in Alice Munro’s fourth book, The Beggar Maid (click here for links to reviews of the other pieces in The Beggar Maid). Trevor The two center stories in Alice Munro’s The Beggar Maid — “The Beggar Maid” and “Mischeif” — are the two longest, each…

Two Days, One Night

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne: Two Days, One Night

Review of The Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition. Two Days, One Night d. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (2014) Spine: #771 Blu-ray Release Date: August 25, 2015 Screen captures below are taken from The Criterion Collection Blu-ray disc, but resolution has been reduced from 1920×1080 to 900×506 and slightly compressed. You may click…


Criterion Close Up: My Guest Appearance

There’s a new Criterion-centric podcast called Criterion Close Up, hosted by Aaron West and Mark Hurne. Together they are producing a weekly podcast focused on Criterion films and Criterion news. Their first episode, which you can listen to here, focused on Criterion’s edition of Albert Brooks’s Broadcast News, as well…

The Apartment

Jensen Beach: “The Apartment”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Jensen Beach’s “The Apartment” was originally published in the August 31, 2015 issue of The New Yorker. I haven’t heard of Jensen Beach before this, but I see his first collection of short stories, For Out…

Chaplin Mutual

Flicker Alley’s Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies

In 1916, Chaplin signed on with a new studio, the Mutual Film Corporation, and became the highest paid entertainer in the world. In a lovingly compiled dual-format home video release, Flicker Alley presents beautiful restorations of all twelve of the films Chaplin made at Mutual. Trevor looks at Flicker Alley’s Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies. Read the full post.


John Wyndham: Chocky

Trevor reviews John Wyndham’s 1968 novel, the last one published in his lifetime, Chocky. Read the full post.


The Eclipse Viewer 33: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

David and Trevor are back with The Eclipse Viewer 33: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures. Read the full post and get the link to the podcast.

Day for Night Cover

François Truffaut: Day for Night

Earlier this year, The Criterion Collection release François Truffaut’s The Soft Skin, and today they follow up with another wonderful release from Truffaut: his delightful, warm, and reflective 1973 film Day for Night. Trevor reviews the film and discusses the new edition. Read the full post.


Alice McDermott: “These Short, Dark Days”

Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker webpage. Alice McDermott’s “These Short, Dark Days” was originally published in the August 24, 2015 issue of The New Yorker. I like Alice McDermott’s work, at least the little of it that I’ve read. Last year Picador…

Chaplin at Keystone

Flicker Alley’s Chaplin at Keystone

I’m planning on making the next few months Chaplin months because there’s a special book coming out a bit later this year: The Charlie Chaplin Archives from Taschen. For those of you who do not know Taschen, it is an “art book” publisher that specializes in large, detailed, photo-heavy tomes on a…

Henri Duchemin and His Shadows

Emmanuel Bove: Henri Duchemin and His Shadows

Trevor reviews a new collection of short stories, Henri Duchemin and His Shadows, by Emmanuel Bove and translated from the French by Alyson Waters. Read the full post.


Lars von Trier: Nymphomaniac, Vol. I and II

Lee reviews Lars von Trier’s 2014 two-part film, Nymphomaniac. Read the full post.

Dear Illusion

Kingsley Amis: Dear Illusion

This week NYRB Classics published a collection of Kingsley Amis’s short stories, Dear Illusion. Trevor shares his thoughts. Read the full post.