THE VERNON SHOW
Film Criticism • Video Essays • Podcasts
THE HARD WORK OF HOPE
a review of the film Pure Grit (2021)
THE MYTH OF COLUMBIA ON SCREEN
The cinematic decisions made by the cast and crew of movies representing sixty years of Columbia’s people, places, and ideas reveal the myth of the University and its role in society.
“The critic shouldn’t need to tear a work apart to demonstrate that he knows how it was put together. The important thing is to convey what is new and beautiful in the work, not how it was made — which is more or less implicit.”