Below is a selection of my recent critical writing, including reviews and essays.
WHEN A CON ARTIST TRIED TO SELL THE “CAR OF THE FUTURE"
The Lady and the Dale has no interest in challenging Liz Carmichael’s gender. Whatever crimes she may have committed, lying about her identity wasn’t one of them. She was unashamed to be herself, even when doing so resulted in harassment, beatings, and constant suspicion. She wanted everything and more, but she was also a survivor who got through life by whatever means necessary. Sometimes the messiest stories are the ones most worth exploring and highlighting.
WANDAVISION GRAPPLES WITH GRIEF IN SITCOM STYLE, BUT FALLS SHORT
Despite its laugh tracks and various winks and nods, the Marvel superhero series is lacking in its homage to iconic television. WandaVision is structured similarly to Marvel’s films, moving from one setpiece to the next with minimal emotional depth beyond characters vocalizing their experiences.
CLOSE TO YOU: QUEER MEN, IDENTIFICATION & THE SPECTACLE OF FEMALE SUFFERING IN TODD HAYNES' SUPERSTAR
Karen Carpenter existed to the public as an idea and Haynes makes this clear early, giving a glimpse of this “smooth voiced girl from Downey, California” who would eventually lead “a raucous nation into the 70s.” The viewer, much like an unsuspecting audience in the 1970s and 80s, was on the outside looking in. Karen’s own family was never truly present for her pain, always kept at a distance because they never knew how to help her with her journey, often leaning into force over-familiarizing themselves with the issue.