When I first saw Hereditary, I was mixed. On one hand, I appreciated the eerie imagery and the coy, teasing nature of the film. It maintained such a heightened level of tension and fear that I was constantly looking over my own shoulder (or up at my ceiling, later that evening) waiting for the other shoe to drop. Yet, when that did occur, when Aster revealed his hand and the final half-hour of the film kicked in, I felt betrayed. …

How The Florida Project reveals the complexities of poverty through children’s eyes.

Few films have stuck in my mind quite like The Florida Project. Yet, it didn’t contain any huge plot twists. It wasn’t a plot-infused action thriller with tons of brutal martial-arts or gunfights. What it was is honest. What is was is human. And, ultimately, that’s what makes it memorable.

The Florida follows Moonee, a young girl who lives with her mother in a rundown motel. She spends most of her days wandering the open fields and streets that surround the motel, often asking people for money, sometimes…

Despite being a reliably blue state, the moderate Republican has garnered a healthy amount of support from both parties.

If Vermont is famous for anything, beyond Ben & Jerry’s and maple syrup, it’s our democratic socialist senator, Bernie Sanders. For decades, he has represented Vermont in a variety of ways — first as mayor of Burlington, then as our lone U.S. Representative, and now as one of our two Senators. As a democratic socialist, Bernie has long been unapologetic in his views. He has championed a single-payer healthcare system his entire career; he has supported a woman’s right to choose…

The crutch of mainstream horror has run its course.

Still from “The Nun” (2018)

I’m going to be transparent here and admit something I think many of us feel on an emotional level: I hate jump scares. I don’t use that word lightly, either. But as someone who adores horror in all its forms, I can’t stand them.

Jump scares are intended to enhance your experience. By design, they are inserted in films to make you jump, to set off your anxieties by using specific context clues. When a character walks down a long hallway we brace ourselves. This feeling we have, of waiting for…

Despite the film’s social acclaim, there isn’t much beneath the surface.

I’ve been sitting on this topic for a few months. I wrote a brief review of Joker on Letterboxd in January, but beyond that I haven’t delved into the film. Part of the reason for that is because the film has far exceeded the amount of discussion it deserves. It took off in an unprecedented way. Folks on Twitter — both regular moviegoers and critics — named it one of the best films of 2019. Others have called it one of the best films of all time.

Most of…

While both shows have their merits, Better Call Saul’s approach to character helps make it stronger as a whole.

I remember watching the Breaking Bad finale with delight. I was a sophomore in college. Just a year before I had binged the four seasons available on Netflix in a matter of a few days. I was certainly not unique in this regard.

Better Call Saul doesn’t have the kind of breakneck, “bingeability”, so to speak, that Breaking Bad has. In fact, in virtually every way it’s a completely different show. It’s more meditative, more focused on character, and less interested…

For those who have been looking for horror grounded by strong characters and blended with multiple genres, look no further than THELMA.

What is wrong with Thelma?

That is the question that drives this Norwegian film, which is equal parts drama, romance, and horror. At the crux of the question is the supposition that there is an answer. And clearly, something is going on with Thelma. She is prone to seizures, and she can make people appear and disappear.

Oh, and perhaps most important of all, she has a deep attraction to her classmate Anja, despite being raised in a…

The South Korean masterpiece from Bong Joon Ho offers a warning of how degrading the pursuit of affluence is.

Well, PARASITE did it. It won Best Picture. Against all odds, and breaking almost a century of precedent, this fascination, bold, and original film from master director Bong Joon Ho became the first foreign language film ever to win Best Picture. Yet, the more I think about it, the more this win makes sense — not just for cinephiles and film lovers, but also given the greater conversation of class that has permeated our society throughout the 2010s.

In fact…

In 1986, Bernie Sanders fought tooth and nail to stop my father’s family, and hundreds more, from being displaced by the rich.

In the North End of Burlington, Vermont live the residents of Northgate. Northgate is a vital part of our small city for low-income folks, refugees, and working-class people. For decades, it has offered people quality housing at low costs, allowing folks to raise their families and live comfortably even while the cost of living rose in our city.

My father grew up in Northgate. He, my grandparents, and his siblings lived in an apartment there. Even I, when…

Keith LaFountaine

Writer and filmmaker from Vermont. Sometimes, I dabble with politics.

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