Ask me about my literary influences, and I’ll reflexively cite what I imagine is the usual collection of MFA-program darlings for an American man in his 30s: Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolf, James Baldwin. Then a number of personal fetishes: Julie Hecht, Jane and Paul Bowles, Nicholson Baker, Amy Hempel, R.V. Cassill.
The Removals, the first film from writer-director Nicholas Rombes, simultaneously occupies a number of bold artistic territories. It’s a speculative work about an underground organization revisiting and re-enacting moments from history to change society to their own end; it’s a paranoid thriller about members of that organization growing disenchanted with it; and it’s about the troubles can come when you attempt to revisit the past. (In this film there are echoes of everything from Charlie Kaufman’s film Synecdoche, New York […]
Little did I know, 16 years ago when I wrote an article about the experimental uses of digital cinema, that one day I’d be putting theory to practice in my own film. The Removals—a lo-fi, sci-fi love story produced by the film production wing of Two Dollar Radio—conjures the genre of the paranoid thriller to explore the idea of replication and disruption in the digital age. What I had wondered in that original article at CTheory was this: how is […]
In 2014, Nicholas Rombes‘s novel of secret film history, The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing, was released by Two Dollar Radio. This year brings with it Rombes’s first film as writer and director, The Removals, also released through Two Dollar Radio’s cinematic arm. The film will have its premiere screening in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner Center for the Arts on May 4th. The trailer promises plenty of ominous dialogue, mysterious buildings, and shadowy disappearances–all promising ingredients for a paranoid […]
Dmitry Samarov looks at the work, life, and posthumous reception of photographer Vivian Maier, examining questions of artistic intent, visual legacy, and more–along with a look at the film Finding Vivian Maier.
Ever want to live like Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman’s 1973 adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye? Here’s your chance: At the end of a cul de sac near the Hollywood Bowl, park your car in a garage carved into the hill. Walk through a gated tunnel to a private elevator where you’ll be taken up 6 stories through the hill to the top of a Tuscan tower. Nestled in a quiet walk street enclave high above the […]
Last fall, the folks at Two Dollar Radio announced that they’d be expanding their purview: continuing to release distinctive fiction while also getting involved in the production of independent films. The trailer for the first of those, I’m Not Patrick, is now available for viewing. The film is about the aftermath of a young man’s suicide, and his twin brother seeking to assert himself. I’m Not Patrick was written and directed by Two Dollar Radio’s Editorial Director, Eric Obenhauf. You can watch the trailer for I’m […]
The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense, Tim Kinsella‘s 2012 debut novel, impressed for a number of reasons. Its evocation of daily rhythms and of lives grappling with trauma and flawed histories made it a thoroughly compelling read. And for those who largely know Kinsella through the music he’s made since the 1990s, it was also a declaration that his talents weren’t solely confined to one artistic discipline. Let Go and Go On and On, his followup, takes a very different approach. […]