Sarah Kessler is currently completing her Master's in English at the University of Wisconsin. She will migrate to sunny Los Angeles after her defense.
Swords, Sandals and SexBy Sarah Kessler
Caligula is the stuff, or rather the spunk, of legend. The 1979 epic T&A-fest is based on real-life legend: the rapid ascendancy and downfall of Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Little Boots for short).
Depilatory as MetaphorBy Sarah Kessler
Those of us dying for a decent womans film may nowat least temporarilycurtail our pining. Lebanese director Nadine Labakis Caramel unlaces the proverbial corset, breathing new life into what has become a disturbingly constricted genre.
An Imperfect CinemaBy Sarah Kessler
Patricio Guzmán’s epic documentary rigorously chronicles the “before” of the historic coup d’etat
Vintage Van SantBy Sarah Kessler
Completed in 1985, Mala Noche (“Bad Night”) prefigured Gus Van Sant’s entry into the American indie directors’ canon. Van Sant’s adaptation marries the Beat of Curtis’ writing to rich, rough-and-tumble, black-and-white imagery. The graininess of his celluloid—catnip for the cinephiles in the audience—echoes the grit of the rainy city. Van Sant’s signature shot—clouds churning above a flat landscape—was first scrawled here.