Jane Schoenbrun’s We’re All Going to the World’s FairBy Payton McCarty-Simas
Were All Going to the Worlds Fair is a journey down an internet rabbit hole. Its teenage protagonist, Casey, takes the challenge and allows its lore to consume her life. Beyond her relationship to her computer, we learn virtually nothing about her.
A24’s Folk Horror Boom and BustBy Payton McCarty-Simas
For the last few years, A24 has critically dominated the horror genre with films such as Robert Eggerss The Witch (2015) and Ari Aster's Hereditary (2018). Both directors follow-up films (Eggerss The Lighthouse and Asters Midsommar, both from 2019) concretized the studios reputation for horror films with a penchant for hyper-formalist attention to detail, broader social commentary, and references to folklore, witchcraft, psychedelia, and the supernatural.
Tom Gormican’s The Unbearable Weight of Massive TalentBy Payton McCarty-Simas
Replete with kidnappings, superfan and superspy antics, and references to Cage’s filmography that only the most dedicated Cage acolyte will be able to catch, the film is designed as a love letter to, as Cage himself describes in the film, the actor’s “contribution to one of the oldest professions: storytelling and mythmaking.”