In Connected, one writer will send another a new piece of writing about a film they have been watching and pondering over, in the hopes that this will prompt a connection— emotional, thematic, historical, or analytical—to a different film the other has been watching or is inspired to rewatch.

By Ela Bittencourt, James Wham | July 6, 2020

This week’s pair of writers semi-escape from their respective realities in São Paulo and New York by entering worlds of noir-ish fatalism and ironic hope with Kaurismäki and Truffaut.

By Katherine Connell, Ryan Swen | June 23, 2020

This week’s critics come together to officially put a nineties lesbian coming-of-age comedy and a sixties Hong Kong musical romance in the queer canon.

By Leo Goldsmith, Genevieve Yue | June 10, 2020

This week's pair of writers raise questions about contemporary pedagogy and parenting, sci-fi and fairy tales, isolation and ash, with an R-rated future parable and a trip back to storybook land.

In battling with paranoia and insomnia, and trying to make sense of the world, two writers go down separate wormholes—of an Australian faux-documentary horror movie and a Jacques Rivette tumble into conspiracy.

By Mark Asch, Tayler Montague | May 18, 2020

For this week's pair of writers, coping mechanisms including digging into the oeuvres of auteurs, from chronicler of the lonely American male Michael Mann to trailblazing Guadeloupean female filmmaker and activist Sarah Maldoror.

By Mayukh Sen, Emma Piper-Burket | May 11, 2020

Young women are sick of the status quo in an unfairly forgotten American indie from the nineties and a classic bit of anarchy from the Czech New Wave of the sixties.

On the delight of "unglamorous isolation," the revitalizing energy of two iconic movie stars, and the power of a great entrance.

By Ashley Clark, Beatrice Loayza | April 27, 2020

Two writers connect over wildly disparate movies that nevertheless give each of them that wisful parental pull. Read about the mothers and fathers of Locke and Imitation of Life.

By Eric Hynes, Chloe Lizotte | April 20, 2020

A roiling existential angst unites a high-concept comedy by Albert Brooks and a classic melodrama by Nicholas Ray.

By Chris Wisniewski, Farihah Zaman | April 13, 2020

Two strange musicals from the 1970s—featuring Catherine Deneuve and Donna Summer—help our writers find pleasure in the perverse.

By Julien Allen, Adam Nayman | April 6, 2020

The need for the geometric sublimity of music leads two critics to two very different musical movie experiences.

By Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert | March 30, 2020

The chaos of the moment feels aptly reflected and deeply felt in both a Bogdanovich slapstick classic from the seventies and a Hammer horrror gem from the sixties.

By Jeff Reichert, Michael Koresky | March 23, 2020

In this ongoing column, one writer will send another a new piece of writing about a film they have been watching and pondering over, in the hopes that this will prompt a connection to a different film the other has been watching or is inspired to rewatch.