‘Museum Hours’ by Jem Cohen

Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours is sometimes compared to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy. Comparison-makers point to Cohen’s unobtrusive eye, allowing his characters to simply exist, to speak as if uninhibited by a script, much like the naturalistic relationship between Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Linklater’s films. Museum Hours strikes me, however, as quite distinct. An ode to the simple poetics ofContinue reading “‘Museum Hours’ by Jem Cohen”

Russia in the Caucasus: Chechnya and Russian power today

Note: Caucasian affairs can be complicated and contentious. I do not claim to be an expert, but am instead an amateur researcher. Should you wish to offer correctives or insults, you can contact me via email. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly formed Russian Federation saw serious hardship. Murder rates soared, asContinue reading “Russia in the Caucasus: Chechnya and Russian power today”