Jason LaRivière is a P.h.D student at New York University. He is currently researching the history of video compression technology and the non-standard aesthetics of François Laruelle.
The Comedy, directed by Rick Alverson and starring Tim Heidecker with Eric Wareheim in a supporting role, is the blackest comedy about white privilege since at least David Finchers Fight Club, that fin-de-siècle paean to libertarian survivalism and Brad Pitts abs.
That William Friedkins 1977 film Sorcerer should be re-released in a glistening new 4K digital restoration at Film Forum in some sense betrays the spirit of the film, for few works of American cinema have been so grounded in the well-grubbed materiality of the earth...
The enfant terrible of American independent cinema is back and here to prove correct at least the first part of the statement above, one that would have to be considered hitherto a fairly empty performative utterance given the aesthetically radical nature of earlier films like Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy.