Eman Rahman

<i>Spring Breakers</i>: An Odyssey of Excess, Capitalism, and the American Dream

Spring Breakers: An Odyssey of Excess, Capitalism, and the American Dream


Harmony Korine is among our most enigmatic and polarizing filmmakers. His cinematic style is one of neo-realist nuance, bordering on a voyeuristic experience masquerading as an exposé, and his form of cinematic storytelling has been situated between impressionistic sociological documentary and emblematically American neo-realism. Throughout his filmography, Korine’s documentary-like technique and realist aesthetic have captured…

<i>Eighth Grade</i> Examines Modern Adolescence with Striking Honesty

Eighth Grade Examines Modern Adolescence with Striking Honesty


There’s a scene in Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade that is more casually upsetting than anything you’re bound to see in any horror film this year. Positioned against the locker-lined walls of a middle school hallway, the mostly preteen student body watch as a body armor-sporting, boot-stomping maniac stalks it with a machine gun, nonchalantly plugging…

<i>The First Purge</i> is Better than the first <i>Purge</i>

The First Purge is Better than the first Purge


The Purge films are special, mostly because they’ve offered up perhaps the purest examples of modern exploitation cinema being made with a mainstream mindset. Beginning with a simple hook—for one night in America each year, crime has been legalized by the government as a means of spiritually “cleansing” the nation of its vilest impulses—writer/director James…

<i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience

Avengers: Infinity War Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience


It’s tough to write about Avengers: Infinity War, which marks an unprecedented moment in cinematic history: the culmination of a decade’s worth of world-building, character development, pop culture dominance, and fan involvement, in which seventeen films converge into one major motion picture event. It’s the kind of event made whole by the collection of personal…

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