Charlie Kaufman’s latest film I’m Thinking of Ending Things is arguably his most inaccessible work yet. I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about it, reading about it, and dissecting it. Here’s the best explanation I’ve been able to come up with (Note: Spoilers, obviously).
It’s been a long time since I’ve made a video essay as researched as this one, and it’ll probably be a long time until I do one again. It’s just too much work to do on top of my full time job to become a regular thing, but this movie was so compelling (plus I had a brief opening with the holiday weekend) that I pushed through to make it happen. I hope enjoy it.
It’s an oft-discussed theory that Christopher Nolan’s Inception is about filmmaking and/or the creative process more generally. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, I got together with Patrick Willems to discuss the discourse that’s followed the film since its initial release.
Brilliant piece of self-examination by David Sandberg, the director of Shazam!. Every movie is the result of thousands of decisions by dozens of people. Attributing intentionality to any single minor aspect is a fool’s errand.
I was thrilled to see that Netflix recently released a new romantic comedy featuring two Asian-American leads (Randall Park and Ali Wong). There were so many things that the film nailed that I made the above video with my wife to talk about them. We discuss what the film gets right about the Asian-American experience, and dive into details you might have missed. Check it out.
I was grateful to get a chance to chat recently with the filmmakers of the indie film Prospect. We talked about designing space helmets and what challenges you need to overcome when you’re trying to make a sci-fi film with mostly practical effects.
You can check out my interview in written form over at Slashfilm. Prospect is out on video on demand March 8th.