Kate Rennebohm

Trouble Up North: Dennis Hopper’s Out of the Blue

By Kate Rennebohm / September 20, 2021

While parental absence is a key trope of so many of the Spielberg(ian) youth films of 1980s Hollywood cinema—not only E.T. (1982), but also The Outsiders (1983), Explorers (1985), The Goonies (1985), Stand by Me (1986), The Monster Squad (1987), et al.—the aloneness of the young protagonists is always more a matter of narrative pretext than actual subject.

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TV or Not TV | Chronicles of Deaths Forestalled: The Leftovers

By Kate Rennebohm / March 16, 2018

By Kate Rennebohm Televisual and serialized storytelling has long been haunted by a Scheherazadean sense of the relation between storytelling and death. Like that famous narrator’s death-defying fabrications in Arabian Nights, the longer a television show goes on, the more it reminds us that an inevitable end is coming, every new episode only forestalling this…

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A Little Night Music: Twin Peaks: The Return, Part Eight

By Kate Rennebohm / September 28, 2017

By Kate Rennebohm When the eighth part of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Return begins, one doesn’t yet know that the episode will take the form of (visual) music. Though it starts straightforwardly enough, Part Eight soon reveals itself to be likely the most formally radical episode of American television ever made,…

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Deaths of Cinema | La Ressasseuse: Chantal Akerman, 1950–2015

By Kate Rennebohm / December 20, 2015

  By Kate Rennebohm “I was overcome by an emotion I can’t quite define…but it was very, very strong, and had something to do with happiness. [And after seeing more of her work,] there really have been moments during which I felt I had to defend myself against what was being expressed, moments in the…

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