Thoughts Mostly About Film

Tyler Sage
Short essays about various and sundry movie topics, delivered to you every Friday.
Created 02 Oct 2020
  • Men and Guns, Part One: "Shane"
    10 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    In contemporary America we live with a fact so bizarre, so monstrous, so perplexing and enraging and incomprehensible that it seems to have annihilated our ability to face it. As a result, many people...
  • Are We Human Beings?: "Island of Lost Souls"
    03 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    We have recently moved a puppy into our apartment, which put me in mind of Island of Lost Souls. The dog is young (not quite four months) and rambunctious; the movie is old and still-shocking. Both ar...
  • What Cinema Is, Part III: "The In-Laws"
    27 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 5 2
    It's Thanksgiving time here in the United States, which makes me think of Peter Falk talking about giant tsetse flies flapping slowly off into the dusk with human babies clutched in their beaks. Beaks...
  • The Uses of Confusion: "The Long Goodbye"
    19 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Recently, I've been watching what they call a "prestige television" show – high concept, big budget – and I've noticed something interesting: the director feels free to move the camera wherever and wh...
  • Satan Made Me Do It! (...Or Did He?) "The Devil's Advocate"
    12 Nov 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    There is a thing out there called neoliberalism. Immediately, language balks. Yes, it's a thing, but what kind of thing? Is it an idea? A way of thinking? A system of organizing the world, a set of ec...
  • On the Environment, Hollywood, and "Jeremiah Johnson"
    05 Nov 2021 • 13 min read • 1 0
    There are at least three reasons that Hollywood isn't good at, or really interested in, environmentalism. The first is the most structural and the least interesting. The stories that movies tell well ...
  • A Sense of Terror: The First Ten Minutes of "The Shining"
    29 Oct 2021 • 15 min read • 1 0
    It's Halloween season, which is one of my favorite movie times of the year. Not only do I like scary movies, but I'm also someone who tends to be stimulation-oriented, and scary movies – or the best o...
  • The Beginnings of Wisdom: "The Leopard"
    22 Oct 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Like many people, I’ve found myself in a moment of not feeling particularly hopeful about America and its future. The reasons for this are as obvious as they are disturbing. Our national politics migh...
  • It Lives in the Language: Craft and "Aliens"
    15 Oct 2021 • 15 min read • 2 0
    I was wondering what to write about this week when I happened to read what seems to me a rather facile essay on Ernest Hemingway. Read it if you're interested in him, or don't; I mention it because it...
  • "I've seen the future, baby / It is murder": "Repo Man"
    17 Sep 2021 • 17 min read • 2 0
    There's an idea that’s been banging around in my head for long enough that it’s almost come to seem like something of a motif in my work, both critical and creative. Thinking back through the pieces i...
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