Author: Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does a bunch of other stuff.

Sunday Morning! “Us” (2019)

Jordan Peele’s recent “Us” reminds me that all great horror movies work by a sort of irrational nightmare logic. Here there be spoilers.


Sunday Morning! Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” (1979)

The director angrily replied that the movie needed to be slower at the beginning so bored audience members would realize they were in the wrong theater and leave early, thus weeding them out.


I’m with the Brand

I’d be more optimistic about gentrification in my city if the boosters could fill in the details of their bright new future.


The Uses and Abuses of Donuts

How a gourmet donut shop became a battleground over gentrification, anarchism, white pride, and everything else.


The Winter in Black and White

Flophouses, Scientologists, mysterious strangers, Italian sex films, and more from the second-worst winter of my life.