For the Love of Melodrama: On Bohemian Rhapsody
November 19, 2018
Big Town, Big Talk: On “Motherless Brooklyn”
Charles Taylor explores the historical and cinematic resonances of Edward Norton’s adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel, “Motherless Brooklyn.”
In Defiance of Staying in One’s Lane: On Edna O’Brien’s “Girl”
Charles Taylor is moved by Edna O’Brien’s new novel, “Girl.”
Lost and Found
Charles Taylor marvels over "Amazing Grace."
Christian Petzold’s Anti-Speculative Fiction
"Transit" offers the unreassuring thrill of a reasonable, intelligent person having the nerve to say, clearly, just how bad he thinks things are.
Freddie Outside the Bronx: Frederic Tuten’s “My Young Life”
Reading Frederic Tuten's "My Young Life," you’re aware of just how easily this might have been a dilettante’s memoir.
Melancholy Dane: Sigrid Nunez’s “The Friend”
Charles Taylor catches up with "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez.
It Takes Two: “Shadowbahn” by Steve Erickson
Charles Taylor on Steve Erickson's "Shadowbahn."
A Man in Himself Is a City: Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson”
Charles Taylor visits Jim Jarmusch's "Paterson."
Charles Taylor reviews Tom Jones's autobiography.
Shoe Leather: On “Spotlight”
For writer-director McCarthy and his co-writer Singer, "Spotlight" is a leap in terms of scale and depth.
Answers No One Wants to Hear
Charles Taylor reviews Michel Houellebecq's "Submission."
On the Hoof, On the Barrel: “On Prime Cut”
"Prime Cut" is a sardonic report from the battle to define what America was and who it was for.
Bebop/Silence: On Hickey & Boggs
"The final irony of Hickey & Boggs is that this movie about isolation and displacement is an affirmation of a real-life partnership."
Three the Hard Way: The Return of Sleater-Kinney
On Sleater-Kinney’s legacy upon the release of their vinyl boxset, "Start Together."
Eight Arms to Hold You
"A Hard Day’s Night," newly restored, in Criterion Collection DVD & Blu-Ray.
Let Me Whisper in Your Ear
He was quite tall, and rather lanky, and a bit boyish looking in his battered flannels. But his eyes were brown,
Support Your Local Wussy
THIS IS NOT A HOME / This is an apartment,” sings Chuck Cleaver of the Cincinnati band Wussy on “Acetylene,” a song
Charles Taylor reviews Johnny Moncada’s unseen photographs of Veruschka, the timeless model from the 1960s.
Meryl Streep’s Hunger Games
I KNOW OF A COUPLE that has harmoniously chosen movies to watch together for years by following some very simple rules.
Atmosphere for Lovers and Thieves: Leos Carax’s “Mauvais sang”
THE LOVER. THE THIEF. The filmmaker. At their most suave, they are all seducers. At their most deft, they are all