The Current

A magazine of film culture past and present, with new articles, interviews, and videos published every day

Parasite: Notes from the Underground
Parasite: Notes from the Underground

In his tension-filled, black-comic Oscar winner, Bong Joon Ho masterfully mixes tones and subverts genres in order to shine a harsh light on the mechanisms that maintain class inequality.

By Inkoo Kang

10 Things I Learned: The Gunfighter
10 Things I Learned: The Gunfighter

The producer of our edition of Henry King’s brooding western shares interesting facts he uncovered about the veteran director’s career, the origin of the film’s protagonist, and a Bob Dylan song inspired by its story line.

By Jason Altman

Marlon Riggs, Ancestor
Marlon Riggs, Ancestor

A Pulitzer Prize–winning poet pays tribute to the liberating power of the pioneering filmmaker and his truth-telling body of work.

By Jericho Brown

Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With
Matthew Puccini on Making the Queer Film He Wishes He’d Grown Up With

A highlight at this year’s SXSW, the short film Dirty depicts a moment of sexual intimacy between two young men with a candor that’s still rare in American independent cinema.

By Penelope Bartlett

The Gunfighter: You Can’t Go Home Again
The Gunfighter: You Can’t Go Home Again

Subverting the archetypes and redemptive tropes of the western, Henry King’s melancholy tale of violence peers into the soul of a legendary gunslinger.

By K. Austin Collins

A Writer’s Retreat

First Person

A Writer’s Retreat

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a New York writer recalls the pure, easy pleasures of the multiplex and the feeling of escape at the heart of moviegoing.

By Sloane Crosley

Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany

Songbook

Fassbinder and Kraftwerk: A Marriage Made in a New Germany

The iconic band’s 1976 song “Radio-Activity” finds a perfect home in the final episode of Berlin Alexanderplatz, providing a musical correlative to the film’s interrogation of national identity.

By Violet Lucca

Claudine: A Happy Home
Claudine: A Happy Home

During a pivotal time for Black cinema, John Berry’s beautifully lived-in drama offered a portrait of an African American family that stood in opposition to a long history of harmful stereotypes.

By Danielle A. Jackson

When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier
When Hollywood Was a Writers’ Town: A Conversation with Philippe Garnier

In this sprawling interview, the veteran French journalist recounts the long, eccentric research journey behind his newly translated portrait of the writers who fueled American cinema in the thirties and forties.

By Imogen Sara Smith

People and Places of Scoundrels & Spitballers
People and Places of Scoundrels & Spitballers

Tinseltown’s golden age comes to life in this supplemental guide to our conversation with journalist Philippe Garnier.

By Imogen Sara Smith

Isabel Sandoval’s Top 10
Isabel Sandoval’s Top 10

The director of the acclaimed new film Lingua Franca chooses a selection of movies she loves, including ones that have inspired her to break the rules of genre and narrative.

The Meaning of Money in The Game

One Scene

The Meaning of Money in The Game

A rich investment banker obliviously meets a moment of reckoning in David Fincher’s intricately plotted thriller.

By Gina Telaroli

Video

Gian Galang Summons the Kinetic Energy of a Martial-Arts Icon
Inside Criterion  – 29 Jun 2020