Afterglow

Glenn Heath Jr.
A weekly film newsletter written by Glenn Heath Jr.
Created 20 Dec 2019
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  • Sacred Ground
    17 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Hey, remember me? Aye! I hope so. Sorry again for the lack of content these past few months. There are at least five draft posts listed on my Substack dashboard that never quite came together, so it’s...
  • Legends Never Die
    23 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    For a period of time in grad school the great Westerns of Budd Boetticher, Anthony Mann, Allan Dwan, and Raoul Walsh occupied a lot of space in my head. I was writing a script with a friend and we wer...
  • What's Old is New
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    It’s been a weird summer. I’ve been prepping for a new gig teaching History of Film Classics (Silent era-1960) at SDSU while also watching a ton of throwaway Hollywood junk food. Some of my recent (an...
  • Never Too Late
    11 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 2 1
    Like many 1980s kids, my introduction to Denzel Washington was in Glory, Edward Zwick’s formidable Civil War drama that now feels downright masterful compared to today’s Oscar bait. But it mostly rema...
  • Remember the Time
    23 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    No spoilers here, but I recommend reading this after seeing Old. Whenever a new M. Night Shyamalan film drops much of the ensuing discourse revolves around his fabled use of narrative misdirection. Bu...
  • El Norte
    08 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Having mastered the art of “passing” as straight, Iván (Armando Espitia) feels like he’s unlocked some cheat code to surviving as a gay man in 1990s Puebla. He speaks confidently about the social bala...
  • Blue in the Face
    01 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    “I know that I’ll never be able to redeem myself.” Leo, The Yards James Gray’s early films are haunted by the inescapable pull of doubt and self-destruction. Nobody says it better than the ex-con play...
  • Killer Instinct
    21 Jun 2021 • 3 min read
    “I don’t think she’s made it through a full meal since she was 11.” Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly) may not carry a gun, but she’s the most lethal character in Yellowstone. Taylor Sheridan’s clunky, crotch...
  • Home Sweet Home
    10 Jun 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Two nights ago I entered a movie theater for the first time in 15 months. It was surreal, and also not. Somehow so much time had passed, and then it all felt so familiar sliding into a seat and sittin...
  • Where There's Smoke There's Fire
    20 May 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Hot Streaming Garbage is a new column where I’ll be covering Hollywood’s latest new release dumpster fires that are available on steaming platforms. Watching the snappy, perfectly cut trailer for Army...
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