Author: Tristan Nichols

The Best Worst Movie

This one’s for you, Mike Tully! Two weeks ago, I’d never even heard of Troll 2 – or maybe I had, but cast it off alonside Ghoulies 2, Critters 2 and other late-80s pint-sized monster sequels – and their predecessors, for that matter – whose posters made an impression on me on childhood trips to…


Dance Party USA, pt. 1

I’ve been reading Movie Mutations, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Adrian Martin, which was born out of the realization that cinephiles the world over are simultaneously and of their own accord being drawn to the same films and filmmakers; and I’ve been thinking about how there are similar traits noticeable in the films themselves; artistic…


A Conversation With Richard Linklater

When Richard Linklater’s new film, an adaptation of Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, opens today, it could potentially be construed as an act of terrorism. Literally. Congress just passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, the wording of which is vague enough to potentially lump an eye-opening film together with plots to blow of animal testing…


My first Ghost Story

I’ve been looking for this movie all summer.  This was the first movie I ever made. I shot it in the fall of 1988, which means the VHS tape I pulled it from is nearly 30 years old. I was seven and a half at the time and I was found of playing video…


Recent Reviews

Reversing The Gaze: so called because, while I’m a filmmaker first and foremost, I also like to write about films and converse with their makers. I write about cinema because a.) I enjoy it and b.) it increases my understanding of the medium, which in turn is an aid to my own sense of the…