a conversation by
Tim Grierson and Glenn Heath Jr.
This month, A24 releases Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. Like Glazer's two previous features--2004's Birth and 2000's Sexy Beast--it features a character alienated (in more ways than one) from the world around her. As part of this month's conversation, our writers will look at the thematic threads tying Glazer's three films together.
Tim Grierson kicks off the conversation. Tim is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in Screen International, Paste, Playboy, L.A. Weekly, The Village Voice, Vulture and Deadspin. He is the author of four books, including FilmCraft: Screenwriting, a profile of the world's greatest screenwriters, and he is a contributing editor at Backstage. He has also served on the jury for the Los Angeles Film Festival and is currently vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Responding to Tim is Glenn Heath Jr. Glenn is the Director of Programming with the San Diego Latino Film Festival and film critic for the San Diego CityBeat. His writing has appeared in print at Little White Lies and The L Magazine and online at Slant, The House Next Door, Keyframe, Not Coming to a Theater Near You and Press Play. He is also the president of the San Diego Film Critics Society and teaches film studies at National University and screenwriting at Platt College.
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The Joys of Dated Cinema
a conversation by
Peter Labuza and Abbey Bender
Critics spend a lot of time on canonical films because of their "timeless" qualities. But what about those movies that are forgotten with time? Can't we derive pleasure from them as well?
Tackling this question are Peter Labuza and Abbey Bender. Peter is an editor and co-founder of To Be (Cont'd). He is also the host of The Cinephiliacs, a podcast about cinephilia, a booklet editor with Masters of Cinema, and a film critic for Variety, The Film Stage, and In Review Online. He holds an M.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University and lives in New York.