Hi Mom 你好,李焕英, (Jia Ling 贾玲 2021) and Last Night in Soho, (Edgar Wright 2021)

In movies, moving between times and places has never been easier. Now, there is little need for rattling control panels or to channel lightning into a power-hungry flux-capacitor; everyone assumes time travel is part of…

Psycho Goreman (Steven Kostanski 2020)

Psycho Goreman (Steven Kostanski 2020)

It will seem petty to disparage Psycho Goreman, a lovable and wacky teen movie with an overwhelming central performance from Nita-Josee Hanna. However, the genre merging horror, sci-fi, screwball comedy is deplorable. The film rejoices in the motif of enslavement. It normalizes it, and even…

Nomadland (Chloé Zhao 2020) & Once Upon a River (Haroula Rose 2019)

As the dust settles on the accolades bestowed to Chloé Zhao and Frances McDormand for Nomadland, I am curious to consider how the movie questions if independence is possible in societies systemically inflected by perfectionism. To assess this…

Joseph Beuys with ‘Plight’ his installation at Anthony d’Offay Gallery London, Tue October 8th, 1985 (Photo Richard Demarco)

I only encountered German artist Joseph Beuys towards the end of his life in 1985. It was the opening of his exhibition Plight at London’s Antony D’Offay gallery. Outside it felt like the UK was at war. On one side, the Conservatives, led by Margaret Thatcher, worked to disempower the…

Ilya Naishuller violent thriller movie Nobody with Katherine Angel’s Tomorrow Sex will be Good Again

A woman in a red dress and a man perform on a stage before a sleazy backdrop.
Movie still, ‘Nobody’ Ilya Naishuller 2021

Katherine Angel’s slim book-length essay Tomorrow Sex will be Good Again has attracted the attention of various commentators looking for means to rethink today’s conundrums of sex, coercion, and power. The book’s context is Angel’s…

Two women kiss passionately in the sea
Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) and Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan) in ‘Ammonite’ (Francis Lee 2020)

Now, the widespread vogue for fossils is waning, former youthful prodigy paleontologist Mary Anning’s shop in Lyme Regis is an icy low-key place. In Francis Lee’s movie, Mary, played with stoicism by Kate Winslet, is embittered in mid-life and in need of change. Living is a battle against cloying mud…


Andrew Stooke is a nonaffiliated artist, writer, and researcher based in Shanghai and London.

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