Friday, December 15, 2017

I Wrote These Things, Mostly in Early December



The end of the year is a bleary-eyed blur, in which you're just desperately trying to get all the things filed, do all the holiday stuff, and maybe even sleep on occasion. Here are some things I've written lately, or at least the ones I can remember.

I returned to Slate for this piece on The Post, and All The President's Men, and Katharine Graham's representation (or lack thereof) in both.

The Fall of 1997 series continues over at Vice! Here's column number six, on Good Will Hunting and The Sweet Hereafter, and column number seven, covering Titanic, Amistad, and Kundun.

I made a list for NY Times Watching of movies you can see in The Shape of Water. And I also reviewed the movie for Flavorwire.

Also for Flavorwire on the review front: a little something about the Star Wars picture. It's great!

I wrote about the unsurprising but still stupid responses of male actors to the John Oliver/Dustin Hoffman thing.

'Tis the season, so I did new listicles of insane Christmas songs and streaming holiday movies. And a gift guide!

There are DVD/VOD guides, of course, for 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12.

Plus the usual streaming guide and indie guide for December. Not too late to enjoy those!

Galleries! Look, it's old movie stars getting all holiday spirit-y!

And a bunch of posters for classic Christmas movies!

Some charming stuff from Kate Micucci's show at Gallery1988.

And finally, some illustrations from Folio Society's new Bond books.

I can't imagine I'll do this again before the holidays, so y'know, happy holidays!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 11/25



Over at VICE, my Fall of '97 series continued with this look at Eve's Bayou and One Night Stand.

I wrote about Errol Morris's forthcoming Netflix series (and, if you live in a lucky enough market, double-length documentary film) Wormwood, from its DOC NYC screening.

Also wrote a full review of Mudbound, which I've been raving about since Sundance.

Also very good: Call Me By Your Name, which I reviewed here.

Wasn't as nuts about Darkest Hour. I mean, y'know, it's fine.

Galleries! Enjoy some totally cute illustrations of great movie dogs, and a bunch of stuff from Gallery1988's eleventh "Crazy 4 Cult" exhibition.

And your DVD/VOD guides for 11/14 and 11/21.

Monday, November 13, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 11/10


Woo-wee, it's been a big couple of weeks! Here's what I've been up to:

The biggest deal was the much-discussed dust-up between Disney and the Los Angeles Times, which resulted in boycotts from journalists and critics organizations, until Disney blinked. I'm proud to say Flavorwire was the first outlet to announce a blackout of Disney coverage until the issue was resolved; even better, I made my non-intern debut at the Village Voice with a bit of reporting and commentary on the matter.

Also for the Voice, I did a preview of DOC NYC, Gotham's big documentary film festival.

At VICE, I did a big piece on the complicated morality of Martin McDonagh's films (particularly his new one, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), as well as the fourth column in the Fall of 1997 miniseries, this one on Gattaca and Starship Troopers. Oh, and speaking of Three Billboards, I did a round-up of my favorite Frances McDormand performances for Watching.

Also, I made my debut at Uproxx, with a big rundown of failed late-night talk shows.

Back at Flavorwire, I put together a fun trivia post about Mel Gibson!

I reviewed Lady Bird, which you really should see.

Also reviewed Murder on the Orient Express, which you can safely skip.

And here's an indie guide for November.

In commemoration of the Scott Eyman book and Film Forum series Hank and Jim, I did a listicle of Old Hollywood friendships.

Gallery1988 did a charming exhibit called "Down Time," and threw us a gallery.

There are DVD/VOD guides, of course, for 10/31 and 11/7.

Finally, The Deuce ended, so here's my recap of the finale.

Monday, October 30, 2017

I Wrote These Things - Weeks Ending 10/28



First off, I had two new things at VICE: a piece on Suburbicon and the weird way each George Clooney film is worse than the last, and the new Fall of 1997 column, featuring Boogie Nights and Happy Together.

I reviewed the very lovely Wonderstruck, as well as the provocative The Square.

I also did a NYFF wrap-up, with capsule review of those two, plus Last Flag Flying, Lady Bird, Mudbound, and more.

Rather than review The Snowman, I saw that its hero is named "Harry Hole" and just did a list of silly character names.

I did the monthly run-down of what new movies are streaming where.

Also did a round-up of where to stream good, older horror movies this Halloween.

I did a gallery of Monty Python fan art, because I had an excuse to.

Oh, and this thing I wrote about Alec Baldwin being a dick on Twitter got a fair amount of reaction and pick-up.

DVD/VOD guides for 10/17 and 10/24.

And here are your Deuce recaps, of episodes six and seven.

Monday, October 16, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 10-14


I reviewed The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). It's great!

I reviewed Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel. It's not!

Here's a cool gallery of the illustrations for a new edition of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and A Scanner Darkly.

We've been covering the Weinstein scandal, of course - here, here, and here.

And, as usual, a new BD/DVD/VOD guide and a new The Deuce recap.

Friday, October 6, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 10-7


Hey, here's a review of Blade Runner 2049! It's really good!

And The Florida Project! It's even better!

The New York Film Festival is underway, and I did a preview.

A new month is underway, so I did a streaming round-up and indie preview.

Here's a cool gallery of original illustrations for fancy new editions of The Shining and The Exorcist.

Of course, we have the buying and streaming guide for 9/26 and 10/3.

And Deuce recaps of episodes three and four.

Last but not least, here's column number two in the Fall of '97 column over at Vice, featuring The Ice Storm, The Edge, and Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 9/23



Guess what? I have a new biweekly limited-run column at Vice, looking back at the amazing movies of the fall of 1997 - and here's the first one, on L.A. Confidential and The Game. 

Also, I wrote this about The Discourse surrounding mother! and Woodshock.

And I reviewed Stronger, which is thankfully better than it looks.

It sure is a big hit! It's fine.

I'm covering The Deuce, heavily, because why wouldn't I? Before its premiere, I did a round-up of true porn stories that I hope they squeeze in. And, thus far, I've recapped episodes one and two.

And there are, of course, BD/DVD/VOD guides for 9/5, 9/12, and 9/19.

And last but not least, I went to TIFF.

For Flavorwire, I did this preview piece, and then daily diaries:

Day 1: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Molly’s Game, Brad’s Status, and The Final Year.

Day 2: The Shape of Water, Battle of the Sexes, Novitiate, and Ex Libris: New York Public Library.

Day 3: Hostiles, First Reformed, Euphoria, and Outside In.

Day 4: mother!, Lean on Pete, Who We Are Now, and Super Size Me 2.

Day 5: Disobedience, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, and Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood.

And then I did several stand-alone reviews for Pajiba: The Death of Stalin, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Downsizing, I Love You Daddy, Unicorn Store, and I, Tonya.

And now, TO BED.