What SCA Is Watching

Micah Slater '25

Micah Slater '25

Cinema and Media Studies

Hello SCA Community! My name is Micah Slater and I’m a sophomore majoring in Cinema and Media Studies with minors in both Screenwriting and Russian. I’m also the editor-in-chief and founder of Spotlight, SCA’s undergraduate journal, and a student worker with SCA Creative Tech. I’m very excited to share what I’ve been watching with you.

The Banshees of Inisherin (2022). When I logged this movie on Letterboxd, I typed out “there are films that understand art. There are rarer, more precious films that understand personhood.” Frankly, that’s all you need to know about The Banshees of Inisherin. I was completely rapt for this film’s entire two-hour runtime, sucked into it and kept there in the way that quiet, deliberate, deeply intentional movies can. Beyond that, the film is just so funny. I don’t know if it’s the kind of humor that’s for everyone, but at minimum, it’s for me. Colin Farrell puts together some of the best eyebrow acting of the 21st century, and Brendan Gleeson is the curmudgeonly old man we all are at heart.

Playing the Victim (2006). A pretty unknown film, Playing the Victim is exactly the kind of low-budget high-irony scum I expect out of late-aughts indie filmmaking. Off-color, out of touch, and featuring one of the most absurd Cat Soup (2001) cameos I’ve ever seen, this movie is hilarious until it’s not. It’s true content and meaning sneaks up on you, and you think you’re watching a quirky meaningless indie film until you hit the third act and everything goes up in smoke. If you like off-kilter humor, Gen X meltdowns, and plot twists, this one’s for you.

The Last of Us (HBO, 2023). I’m probably speaking for almost everyone on Earth when I say that for the last month or so I’ve been glued to my TV (okay, my laptop screen) at 9pm ET every Sunday for The Last of Us. I’ve been following Pedro Pascal since he was in this great little space western Prospect in 2018, and I love him. (I missed the Game of Thrones wave. I’m sorry, I was eight.) He and Bella Ramsey are absolutely killing it in this zombie-fungus-ridden dystopia! I’m so excited to see where this show takes the game’s narrative. No spoilers—but it’s going to be a wild ride.

I am Twenty (1965). Falling somewhere in the extremes of taste and pretension, I am Twenty is my favorite film, and I’ve been watching it with a frequency considering I’m turning 20 in about two months. One of Marlen Khutsiev’s best, this three-hour tour de force is about adulthood in a newly modernized country and a group of friends confronting the dredges of their youth. I am Twenty is one of those really, truly, completely timeless films that I think everyone should see—if they have the patience.

True Detective (HBO, 2014). I started True Detective maybe two weeks ago because of a clip my TV professor screened in lecture. Matthew McConaghey absolutely slaughters in this show, and it’s not just because I love long-winded and cryptic monologues. Procedurals in general have always weighed heavier in my TV preferences because they’re so easy to pick up and put back down. In terms of True Detective, I can’t bring myself to put it down at all.