Jacob Trussell

Jacob Trussell is a writer based in New York City. His editorial work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, Rue Morgue Magazine, Film School Rejects, and One Perfect Shot. He's also the author of 'The Binge Watcher's Guide to The Twilight Zone' (Riverdale Avenue Books). Available to host your next spooky public access show. Find him on Twitter here: @JE_TRUSSELL (He/Him)
Sheryl Lee Laura Palmer Twin Peaks

Sheryl Lee Always Knew Laura Palmer Was More Than a MacGuffin

By Jacob Trussell 

At the center of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s timeless mystery Twin Peaks, Lee surfaced the nuances of a character who was so much more than a dead girl wrapped in plastic.

Willem Dafoe Green Goblin

Green Goblin is Willem Dafoe’s Tragic Movie Monster

By Jacob Trussell 

In the dual roles of Norman Osborn and his maniacal alter ego Green Goblin, Dafoe pulled from classic horror to sketch out his tragic movie monster in the hit Marvel franchise.

Anne Hathaway Colossal

Anne Hathaway Nails the Nuances of Sobriety in ‘Colossal’

By Jacob Trussell 

As a woman in recovery caught between inner demons and gigantic monsters, Hathaway captures the unique struggles of staying on the wagon when the world goes to pot in Nacho Vigalondo’s genre-defying cult hit.

Bill Paxton Frailty

‘Frailty’ is Bill Paxton’s Most Underrated Performance

By Jacob Trussell 

Part devoted dad, part contract killer for God, everyone’s favorite character actor found the perfect balance of heart and horror in the Southern Gothic cult classic.

Moonlight

Mahershala Ali Only Needed 20 Minutes to Win an Oscar for ‘Moonlight’

By Jacob Trussell 

Some actors need a whole movie to prove themselves Oscar worthy, but Ali did it in a fraction of the time with his deeply moving performance in Barry Jenkins’ modern classic.

Hereditary Toni Collette

Toni Collette Deserved an Oscar Nomination for ‘Hereditary’

By Jacob Trussell 

She may have been snubbed by the Academy, but Collette made a profound impact on audiences with her captivating performance in Ari Aster’s modern horror classic.

Get Out Commentary

Why Daniel Kaluuya is So Effective in ‘Get Out’

By Jacob Trussell 

Jordan Peele’s hit film was destined to become a new horror classic, but it’s narrative backbone is carried by Kaluuya’s magnetic performance as Chris Washington.

Liza Minnelli Cabaret

The Impact Liza Minnelli and ‘Cabaret’ Had on Movie Musicals

By Jacob Trussell 

As chanteuse Sally Bowles, Minnelli conveys the soul of her character through song, dance, and dramatic specificity.

Terry O'quinn In The Stepfather

Terry O’Quinn is an All-American Psycho in ‘The Stepfather’

By Jacob Trussell 

In this edition of The Great Performances, we celebrate the actor’s work in his first lead role.