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Author: Austin Jaye

Austin enjoys aimlessly wandering around outside and taking years to finish one Dostoyevsky book. He also like writing and occasionally writing about film, but apparently not as much as he likes a good yo-yo.
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The Pixelated Dark of We’re All Going to the World’s Fair

Frida writing team member Austin Jaye dives into the digital rabbit hole of Jane Schoenbrun’s Sundance breakout, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.

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Out of the Blue: Burn Out, Fade Away

Frida writing team member Austin Jaye takes on Out of the Blue, Dennis Hopper’s 1980 family drama.

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Remembering Peter

Frida writing team member Austin Jaye pays tribute to Peter Bogdanovich, the New Hollywood maverick who passed away this week.

Film Criticism

Y2K Films: The Digital Heartache of A.I.

“I am. I was.”

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Y2K Films: Yi Yi

” And a one, and a two . . . “

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Y2K Films: The Radical Legacy of Tom Green 

A dive into the work of Tom Green and the legacy left behind in the twenty years since his infamous 2001 “comedy”. Prepare the sausage.

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Y2K Films: Mulholland Drive, No Hay Banda

“Much more than an enigma to be cracked, Mulholland Drive takes as its subject the very act of solving: the pleasurable and perilous, essential and absurd process of making narrative sense, of needing and creating meaning. Whether or not they explicitly pose the question, Lynch’s late films ponder the role of story at times when reality itself can seem out of joint.” — Dennis Lim, ‘The Man From Another Place’, 2015

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Minari Minari, Wonderful Wonderful

A poem written in response to Lee Issac Chung’s 2020 Sundance breakout.

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Y2k Films: ‘Monkeybone’ At 20 

It has been twenty years since the release of Henry Selick’s 2001 fantasy comedy. Austin Jaye goes Down Town in a deep look at the film and its history.

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Harold And Maude: Life, Death, & Sunflowers 

A personal poem delving into the power of Hal Ashby’s 1971 dark comic masterwork.

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The Twilight Soundtracks: Ranked

Austin Jaye dives into all five soundtracks of The Twilight Saga, including all the Paramore you could ever need in one lifetime.

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Y2K Films: ‘The Grinch’ at 20

Austin Jaye evaluates Ron Howard’s Dr. Seuss adaptation on its twentieth anniversary — and ponders whether or not it has stood the test of time.

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Harold Budd: In Quicksilver

A dive into the legacy left behind by musician Harold Budd, and two of his film scores that offer a glimpse into his distinctive sound.

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The Gothic Holiday of Batman Returns

Where do I even start? This is probably the only question one can ask when they have just watched Batman Returns for the first time only two hours ago, and it’s gradually becoming more difficult to imagine returning to the version of myself who had somehow spent 24 years unaware of the operatic, relentlessly Gothic, kink-laden masterwork that Tim Burton dove headfirst into creating.

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Frida Mixtapes: 5 Indigenous Films

As we go into a holiday celebrating the history of America, it is important to understand the other, less glamorous, perspectives. This list compiles some of the best Indigenous films, that are often largely unseen.