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Watching John Early and Kate Berlant’s new Vimeo web series 555 is not unlike observing their real-life friendship. Each of the five very loosely-connected shorts (all are under 15 minutes) stars John and Kate in wildly different roles, pursuing their ambitions within Los Angeles’s famed and infamous capital "I" Industry. Sometimes they are friends, sometimes they are frienemies, and sometimes they are enemies, but every time their true-to-life repartee (lightning-fast, surrealist, nuanced, and melded...
Given the sheer proliferation of web-based content in the past few of years, it’s slightly surprising that the majority of offerings still adhere to a similar narrative and aesthetic rubric. Where straightforward, punch-line driven, comedic vignettes remain king, a handful of outliers are looking to stretch the internet audiences’ comfort zones, namely Doron Max Hagay and Lily Marotta’s Monica. Inspired by Monica Lewinsky’s 2001 decamp to the Big Apple, Monica is by turns thoughtful...
It’s not hard to reimagine Brooklyn as a landscape built upon the acidic bons mots of the once hopelessly romantic and currently just hopeless. But that’s slightly reductive as a description of The Outs, the web series created by star/writer/director Adam Goldman. When it debuted in 2012, Goldman’s sour style of humor would set the groundwork for shows like Hulu’s Difficult People and HBO’s Looking, imbuing the concise, serialized 12-20 minute episodes of The Outs...
As people who live in Brooklyn, we are adept at spending a lot of time at coffee shops. We all have our favorite one: Maybe it's because the sandwiches are tasty, or the single origin coffee is on point, or the barista is hot, or it's miraculously empty and you can actually get some work done, or--despite having or being none of those things--it's close to your home and you're lazy, so you go there. Then there are those...

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