Friday, July 7, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/8


This week, I asked the tough question: does Trump tweet on the can?

Film Forum is doing a big series of "New York in the '70s" movies that I'll be spending quite a bit of time at, and I did this round-up of some of them.

I reviewed A Ghost Story, which is kind of amazing.

I didn't review Spider-Man: Homecoming, but jotted down some brief thoughts in this week's theatrical capsules.

Oh, and of course, I did a DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, June 30, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/1


The big, big deal this week was getting to sit down with one of my favorite filmmakers, Errol Morris, to talk about his new movie The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography and the current state of documentary cinema. Here's that interview, which I'm very proud of.

I'm also very happy with this piece on Bong Joon-ho's Okja, which is both a review and an analysis of what it means for Netflix.

We don't do nearly as much of the clapping-back-at-hate-reads type of thing anymore, but this bullshit from The Hollywood Reporter deserved it.

Baby Driver isn't quite the revolution some of my colleagues have framed it as, but it is an awful lot of fun.

July is upon us, so here's an indie guide!

And here is a very, very full BD/DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, June 23, 2017

I Wrote These Things - Weeks Ending 6/24



In this week of a new Transformers movie, I ignored a new Transformers movie. Instead:

I reviewed Sofia Coppola's remake of The Beguiled.

I wrote about The Big Sick - the movie, and the widespread complain that it's too long. (Spoiler: It's not.)

And I took a look at the new (and excellent) Netflix doc Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press.

For this week's Second Glance, I took a rare literal second glance at Joe Versus the Volcano.

There was, of course, a BD/DVD/VOD guide.

And I usually don't include news posts, but here's what happened when my editor asked me to write something about Downton Abbey.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 6/18


Rough Night was one of the few movies of the summer I was really looking forward to, and boy did it let me down.

And All Eyez On Me is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. (Also, it mentions pretty much every single thing he ever did - except Poetic Justice. There's an explanation!)

BAMcinemaFest started Wednesday, so I saw a bunch of their movies and capsuled them.

Seriously, WTF is going on with The Beguiled's social media campaign?

I did Batman & Robin for Bad Movie Night, and kind of can't believe I hadn't done Batman & Robin for Bad Movie Night.

And, of course, your DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, June 9, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 6/9


I spent way too much time digging through the Twitter feeds of DC fans, and came up with this.

And much of that was brought about by the release of Wonder Woman, so here's a review of that.

I did interviews! Which I don't do that often! Here's one with Ernest Dickerson.

And here's one with Charley Taylor, about his staggeringly good book.

I reviewed It Comes at Night, which is out-frigging-standing.

Beatriz at Dinner is a sharp movie, and an unexpectedly trenchant one.

War Machine isn't very good, but it's an important signpost for Netflix.

I really liked Long Strange Trip, and I'm not even all that into the Grateful Dead.

Sean Hannity is losing his fucking mind, so I wrote about that.

A new month started! Here's an indie guide!

There was a Star Wars anniversary, which means forty years of people writing dumb things about it.

There's a remake of The Beguiled coming out, so Second Glance revisited the original.

For Bad Movie Night, I took an anniversary look at the (not bad at all) Ishtar.

And of course, your buying and streaming guides, for 5/23, 5/30, and 6/6.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 5/20


If you do a summer movie preview, you should probably do an anti-preview too. At least, you should do one this summer.

I meant to just write something about Netflix's new "Skip Intro" thing and ended up writing a goddamn manifesto. tl;dr: keep your tech away from my art.

Also asked what the hell is going on over at MSNBC.

Trump fired off a bunch of tweets about Comey, and I wrote about it. This seems so very, very long ago.

I wrote a review of the unfortunately not-great Alien: Covenant.

Also not great? Snatched.

But here's a good review - of an HBO movie, Barry Levinson's The Wizard of Lies.

In advance of the return of Twin Peaks, I wrote one of like a dozen appreciations of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

A bunch of '90s indie filmmakers gathered at Lincoln Center to talk about John Pierson and Split Screen, so I covered that.

Gallery 1988 did a Stephen King tribute show, so here's some good stuff from that.

And your buying/streaming guides for 5/9 and 5/16.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 5/6




Tribeca happened! And I covered the shit out of it!

First and foremost, there are wrap-ups - capsule review of all the narratives and all the documentaries I saw.

There was a big Reservoir Dogs reunion, and I wrote about it.

There was a big Godfather reunion, and I wrote about that too.

On the new Clive Davis documentary, and the opening night concert.

On the new Puffy Combs documentary, and its concert.

Michael Moore did a retro screening of Bowling for Columbine, and had things to say after.

There were Tribeca Talks too! Jon Favreau and Scarlett Johnasson, and Noah Baumbach and Dustin Hoffman, and Paul Feig and Michael Che.

And I wrote up the big premieres of The Trip to Spain and The Circle. One of them is good. I'll let you guess which.

Also, there were other things! For example, this big feature I did on all the L.A. riot/Rodney King specials and documentaries.

And this piece I wrote about how Donald Trump treats the presidency like a beauty pageant win.

Gallery 1988 did a Veep show, and I put a gallery together.

There is a May indie guide, and God knows we'll need it.

Related: did a very low-expectation summer movie guide.

I did a Second Glance on the original, 1990 film adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale.

And DVD/VOD guides for 4/18, 4/25, and 5/2.