Pariah

Illuminated by warm orange and pink lights, Dee Rees’ Pariah (2011) is an emotionally raw coming-of-age film about a queer Black teenager named Alike (Adepero Oduye), who comes from a conservative, dysfunctional family living in Brooklyn. Rees (best known for her work in Mudbound), the movie’s director-writer, takes us on Alike’s journey. She divides the film between […]

Wind River

Taylor Sheridan’s true crime film Wind River is poetic, quiet, and intense. Every shot felt deliberate, every line carefully crafted and sincerely delivered. Wind River might be one of my favorite films this year. It knocked me out of the park. Sheridan’s film begins with Cory, Jeremy Renner’s character, hunting in the desolate snow-covered hills […]