Now, Then – Later: Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name

Now, then: let's start with Barthes. "Bliss is unspeakable, inter-dicted [...]: criticism always deals with the texts of pleasure, never the texts of bliss [...]; thus criticism speaks the futile bliss of the tutor text, its past or future bliss: you are about to read, I have read: criticism is always historical or prospective: the… Continue reading Now, Then – Later: Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name

Talking “Cure” in Phantom Thread

Suggested Preliminary Listening: Lady Gaga, "The Cure" (2017) Several outlets have reported that Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest offering, a strange and beguiling response to Hitchcock’s Rebecca, takes its title from a Victorian malady that, as far as I can tell, never existed. If you believe the marketing, “phantom thread” describes a condition wherein East London seamstresses,… Continue reading Talking “Cure” in Phantom Thread