Rob Nelson

Interviews | The Dark Horse: Robinson Devor on Zoo

By Rob Nelson / September 4, 2009

By Rob Nelson Robinson Devor’s Zoo—written, like his Police Beat (2005), with Seattle alt-weekly critic and columnist Charles Mudede—achieves the seemingly impossible: It tells the luridly reported tale of a Pacific Northwest businessman’s fatal sexual encounter with a horse in a way that’s haunting rather than shocking, and tender beyond reason. So, too, it’s hard…

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Currency | Baghead and Frownland

By Rob Nelson / September 1, 2009

Baghead (Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, US) and Frownland (Ronald Bronstein, US) By Rob Nelson Both Baghead and Frownland offer early proof of their post-postmod, pre-apocalyptic place in American life with opening scenes of their characters watching variably scary movies. But of course there’s no one way to watch a movie these days, and whatever…

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Interviews | A Lover and a Fighter: James Toback on Tyson

By Rob Nelson / September 1, 2009

By Rob Nelson Subtitled A Film About James Toback, The Outsider (2005) is a somewhat odd name for an admiring portrait of a guy who hangs out at Brett Ratner’s house, who graduated magnum cum laude from Harvard University, whose grandfather was a tycoon, and whose mother was president of the League of Women Voters.…

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