Friday, September 1, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 9/2



So this week I wrote two fairly big things that I'm pretty proud of. First of all, I wrote this piece on Fiona Apple, and specifically the night, 20 years ago, when she accepted an MTV VMA and told everyone who'd listen that this world is bullshit. True then, even more true now.

And I wrote a big thing about the marvelous erotica of Radley Metzger, aka "Henry Paris." For this piece, I literally had to watch porn for work. Beats breaking rocks.

I meant to just write a quickie news piece on how our president can't spell a simple goddamn four-letter world properly, and it turned into this.

I did the usual top-of-the-month movie guides: the best indies in theaters, and the best movies on the streaming services.

And, of course, your BD/DVD/VOD guide.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 8/26


I reviewed Logan Lucky, which is glorious, and some of you didn't see it, shame on you.

And, related to that, did a listicle of the best movie heists.

Wrote a little something about our racist garbage goblin president's response to Charlottesville.

And I did a brief but genuine Fall Movie Preview.

Also reviewed Patti Cake$, which has its problems.

And I wrote about the very good bio-doc Whitney: Can I Be Me.

Did a Second Glance on Cop Land, and a Bad Movie Night on Ninja III: The Domination.

And here's your BD/DVD/VOD guides for 8/15 and 8/22.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 8/12


The craziest thing happened this week, something that almost never happens: I worked really hard on a piece, and then people liked it, and a lot of people (way more than I would've anticipated) read it. It's about Bonnie and Clyde - not the movie, which turns 50 this weekend, but Pauline Kael's game-changing review of it. Give it a look.

I wrote a 25th anniversary appreciation of Unforgiven.

And I reviewed Good Time, which is scuzzy and strange and kind of great.

This week's bad movie night is James Foley's Madonna vehicle Who's That Girl, which benefits from a fair amount of leftover late-'80s HBO-play affection.

And, as always, your DVD/VOD guide.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 8/4


Funny thing about taking two weeks of vacation in one month: between laying things out for when you're gone and catching back up when you're back, you may let a few things slide - like, say, this. Anyway. Here's a month's worth of things I wrote.

I wrote this piece about Detroit - and the questions it raises off-screen.

I wondered why superhero movies always come too quick.

Holly Hunter is great in Strange Weather and The Big Sick and in general, so here's a thing about how she's taken for granted.

Also, wrote about why Dunkirk is almost a masterpiece. (And updated my Nolan rankings.)

I reviewed War for the Planet of the Apes, a rare reminder that effects can serve movies, rather than the other way around.

I looked at how To the Bone rises about its TV-movie tendencies.

I said this back at Sundance, but Landline is just lovely.

Lost in America hit the Criterion Collection, so I went long on it.

Did Second Glances on The Pallbearer and Raising Cain, and Bad Movie Nights on The Apple and Jaws: The Revenge.

Oh, and a good old-fashioned Flavorwire listicle of great modern action sequences (tied to Atomic Blonde).

A new month began, so there were guides! The regular monthly indie round-up, of course, and a new feature running down the best of the new streamers.

Gallery 1988 did an exhibit of art based on Mattel toys, and it's pretty cool.

And DVD/VOD guides for 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, and 8/1.

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.