Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver in Tracks (2013)

Tracks (2013)

In my interview with Tracks director John Curran, he emphasised the importance of the interior journey of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), the young Australian girl who completed a solo trek across thousands of miles of Australian desert. That interior journey is a large part of what makes Tracks such an excellent film; the way Robyn…

Oscar Isaac and F. Murray Abraham in Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

You probably knew someone like Llewyn Davis. Perhaps they have a semi-popular electro blog. Maybe instead they were in a hardcore band in the ‘80s who supported Black Flag that one time. Or in a post-punk group that never quite hit it big. They’re talented, but not as talented as they think they are. They…

Frances Ha (2013)

Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha is a curious blend of universality and specificity. It tells the tale of young Frances Halliday (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring dancer, as she bounces from apartment to apartment in New York City. We follow her successes and her failures, and watch her orbit through and around various friendship groups, moving away…

Girls – “Together” (Season 2, Episode 10)

The outstanding season finale of Girls, “Together,” was filled with unrestrained, honest conversation, people cutting through bullshit to share their innermost thoughts, fears and hopes. Marnie’s ultimatum to Charlie could have been yet another disappointment for her, but her raw confession unearthed a heartfelt reciprocation from her ex-(now-current)-boyfriend. On paper, I don’t know that I…

Girls – “On All Fours” (Season 2, Episode 9)

Reflecting on the tonal shift that characterised “On All Fours,” Girls’ darkest episode yet, it occurred to me that the show has been a generally optimistic show. Its characters haven’t always shared that positive outlook, but the overall feeling has been hopeful, that these crazy kids will sort out their problems. That’s why the relentless…

Girls – “Boys” (Season 2, Episode 6)

For an episode titled “Boys,” it’s unsurprising that the strongest section of the episode focuses on the men of Girls, and the episode gets a lot of value about exploring the thoroughly weird dynamic between a couple of manchildren: Ray and Adam. Their pathetic little adventure to Staten Island, spurred by a search for Little…