Our longform essays connect the technique of how films are made to how they make use feel, finding patterns within and across films.
Our long-form criticism investigates how films work and why they move us. We unpack how a film’s form functions in concert with its subject-matter, delving into everything from blocking and set design to narrative structure and lighting.
We cover under-the-radar, independent films, with a special focus on films by female-identifying directors, because they pique our curiosity, get our dander up, or take our breath away — and because they might not be covered elsewhere. All of our essays circle the same questions: Is this film affective? Why or why not?