Vikram Murthi

Vikram Murthi is a Brooklyn-based critic and a contributing writer to The Nation. He also edits Downtime Magazine, and his freelance work has appeared in Filmmaker MagazineReverse ShotCriterionVulture, and sundry other publications.

The Honesty of “Atlanta”

The Honesty of “Atlanta” The Honesty of “Atlanta”

After four seasons, Donald Glover’s television show leaves behind a fascinating and complicated legacy.

Jan 12, 2023 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

The Ghosts of “Irma Vep”

The Ghosts of “Irma Vep” The Ghosts of “Irma Vep”

Olivier Assayas's clever and beguiling HBO miniseries responds to the state of cinema in the age of streaming.

Oct 19, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

The Real Butt of Nathan Fielder’s Joke

The Real Butt of Nathan Fielder’s Joke The Real Butt of Nathan Fielder’s Joke

His awkward social comedies always leave you wondering: Whom should you be laughing at?

Sep 29, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

“The Kids in the Hall” Stands the Test of Time

“The Kids in the Hall” Stands the Test of Time “The Kids in the Hall” Stands the Test of Time

In a recent reboot, the comedy troupe’s work remains as trenchant as ever.

Jul 6, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

Does “Severance”’s Workplace Satire Work?

Does “Severance”’s Workplace Satire Work? Does “Severance”’s Workplace Satire Work?

On the ups and downs of the year's most talked-about office drama.

Jun 15, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

The Oscars: Awkward Spectacle

The Oscars: Awkward Spectacle The Oscars: Awkward Spectacle

The Academy Awards felt like a hyperactive fever dream, but really it was just a terribly engineered event that reeked of neediness and obsolescence and that was given its sole mom...

Mar 30, 2022 / Vikram Murthi

The Wonder and Horror of Delayed Adulthood

The Wonder and Horror of Delayed Adulthood The Wonder and Horror of Delayed Adulthood

With Worst Person in the World, Joachim Trier completes a trilogy of films that interrogates an aging generation facing a murky future.

Mar 10, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

Theater Kids and the End Times in “Station Eleven”

Theater Kids and the End Times in “Station Eleven” Theater Kids and the End Times in “Station Eleven”

The HBO adaptation of Emily St. Mandel’s postapocalyptic pandemic novel examines, with mixed results, the endurance of art after society collapses.

Jan 31, 2022 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

The Ardor of “Licorice Pizza”

The Ardor of “Licorice Pizza” The Ardor of “Licorice Pizza”

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is his most personal work yet.

Dec 29, 2021 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

White Lotus.

Who’s to Blame in “The White Lotus”? Who’s to Blame in “The White Lotus”?

In the weeks since the release of Mike White’s latest HBO series, debate has centered on the show’s politics. Is it liberal satire or spectacle? 

Sep 15, 2021 / Books & the Arts / Vikram Murthi

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