Sunday, September 18, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 9/17

I spent a good chunk of the last two weeks attending and preparing for the Toronto International Film Festival - so, unsurprisingly, most of what I published in that period was TIFF-based. For example:

  • My preview of all the things I was looking forward to, most of which did not disappoint.
  • Day 1: Gimme Danger, Dog Eat Dog, American Honey, and The Salesman, plus I cheated and wrote about Sully.
  • Day 2Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, A Monster Calls, and Amanda Knox.
  • Day 3: Mascots, Snowden, Beauties of the Night, and Water and Sugar.
  • Day 4: The Handmaiden, Queen of Katwe, A United Kingdom, (re)ASSIGNMENT, and Gringo.
  • Day 5: Blair Witch, Loving, Jackie, The B-Side, and The War Show. 
  • Day 6: La La Land, Una, The Bad Batch, and Into the Inferno.
  • Day 7: Free Fire, Their Finest, The Secret Scripture, and ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail.

And then I went a bit longer on Snowden. And, of course, Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guides for 9/6 and 9/13.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 9/3

Wrote (and am pretty happy with) a big new cover story on the much-reported summer sequel slump, if it's actually new, and if it'll change anything. (spoilers: no and no).

Went a little long on the anniversary re-release of Madonna: Truth or Dare, and its commentaries on both Madonna and the celebrity culture she helped create.

Some thoughts on Southside with You, and what it tells us not just about Obama the man, but Obama the politician.



For "Second Glance," I wrote a little love letter to Dead Again.

For "Bad Movie Night," I wrote something less than a love letter to Shanghai Surprise.

And finally, DVD/VOD guides for 8/23 and 8/30.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 8/20

  • I interviewed John Waters, who is unsurprisingly delightful.
  • I wrote about the similarities between Trump supporters and DC super-fans. Spoiler: Everything isn't "rigged."
  • My cover story on the parade of production company logos in front of all the movies now, and how that came to be.
  • Instead of reviewing the uninspiring War Dogs, I wrote about the plague of obvious soundtrack music.
  • Hell or High Water is fucking great.
  • Pete's Dragon is just lovely, and makes a fine case for remaking bad movies rather than good ones. And coupled with Kubo and the Two Strings, it's looking like family movies are the only mainstream flicks this summer worth a damn.
  • I wrote about Imperium, and its nuanced portrayal of the white power movement.
  • For "Second Glance," I gave some love to Spike Lee's Clockers
  • And for "Bad Movie Night," a 20th anniversary post-mortem of The Island of Dr. Moreau.
  • And here's your Blu-ray/VOD guides for 8/9 and 8/16.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 8/6

Well, I missed a week. I'm sure you'll forgive me.

  • Suicide Squad sure is terrible, and Jared Leto's the worst thing about it.
  • A piece on The Knick, The Girlfriend Experience, and Soderbergh's television exploits.
  • I've always gone to the mat for the Bourne movies, so Jason Bourne may be the summer's biggest disappointment. My review.
  • Also very bad: Bad Moms, which really should put an end to women's stories told by men, but won't.
  • Some thoughts on disco and the movies, tied to the new series at the Metrograph.
  • For Second Glance, an appreciation of Garry Marshall's Nothing in Common.
  • Finally subjected myself to A Talking Cat!?! for the most recent Bad Movie Night.
  • I made an indie guide for August, with a whole bunch of goods stuff.
  • Blu-ray/DVD/streaming guides for 8/2 and 7/26

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/23

For "Bad Movie Night," I watched Dirty Grandpa, which is, in all seriousness, one of the worst pieces of shit I've ever subjected myself to.

Found a lot to like in Star Trek Beyond, except this trend of hiring great actors to play villains and hiding them in bad make-up.

I wrote about taking my kid to movies and the new Ice Age, and how the familiarity family filmmakers are banking on has become the norm.

I made a bold prediction of Trump's nomination acceptance speech. Frankly, wish he'd have done this instead.

And here's your Blu-ray/DVD guide.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/16

  • I reviewed Ghostbusters. It's utterly okay!
  • Wrote about the new Woody Allen movie - a topic in which I have some interest! - and found it yet more evidence that he's losing his grip on the most basic moviemaking essentials. 
  • Started out reviewing the new Bryan Cranston movie and ended up writing about why there's no more Gene Hackman movies.
  • For the "Second Glance" column, I celebrated Bill Murray's criminally underrated Quick Change.
  • And this week's DVD/Blu-ray guide, featuring Everybody Wants Some!!, Green Room, and three great catalogue titles. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/9


  • I interviewed Norman Lear. He's great!
  • In considering how Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates wastes Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick, I also watched Mr. Right and Dirty Grandpa. I am a glutton for punishment!
  • I reviewed Zero Days, the new Alex Gibney documentary, which is smart and informative and goddamn frightening.
  • Did a listicle of funniest animated vocal performances rather than reviewing Secret Lives of Pets, though it's cute enough. 
  • And here's your Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guide for the week.