Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I Wrote These Things - Weeks Ending 3/21


The big deal of the last couple of weeks - and the reason why it's been a while since I did one of these - was SXSW, my favoritest film festival of all. Here's the coverage:

I did a preview, of course.

And something about the fan-friendly Alien event.

I covered a female-heavy panel about the challenges of representation in media.

I watched Fred Armisen talk to Bob Odenkirk.

There was a very big, fascinating panel with the cast and showrunner of Veep.

And I did wrap-ups, of the documentary and narrative films.

Oh, and while I was there, I saw Song to Song, and was not into it.

T2: Trainspotting sounded pretty desperate, but I found it surprisingly sharp and affecting.

I reviewed Kong: Skull Island, which is bad.

For a Skull Island-inspired installment of Bad Movie Night, I looked at the 1976 rip-off A*P*E.

I wrote about the one insult Piers Morgan is able to slap together.

And here's DVD/VOD guides for 3/7 and 3/14 and 3/21.

Friday, March 3, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 3/3



Feud: Bette and Joan premieres this weekend, so I took the opportunity to write about What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

I reviewed Logan, which is pretty good! It might not be as good as you've heard.

It's the first of the month, so I did an indie guide.

I wanted Table 19 to be on it, but boy was it not good, so I wrote a quick capsule review here.

Good lord it seems like years ago know, but I did an Oscar post-mortem.

And, of course, this week's BD/DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, February 24, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 2/24



I did a supercut! My first one in like two years! Enjoy over 100 clips of this year's Oscar nominees, before they were stars.

And speaking of the Oscars: Yes, I did predictions, it's legally required of all film writers.

Also, here's a review of Get Out, which is as great as you've heard.

This got some... spirited feedback: a reminder, post-Milo, that Bill Maher is the worst.

And this week's DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, February 17, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 2/17


Yikes, I let this go a bit.

First and foremost, big new cover story on the final effects of Oscar nominations and wins.

Dug a bit into The Great Wall, and the controversy around it.

I reviewed John Wick: Chapter 2, which is great.

I also reviewed The LEGO Batman Movie, which is also great.

I wondered what kind of Oscar show they should even have this year.

I had some great ideas about who should direct The Batman!

I reviewed The Comedian, and dug a bit into our current lives-of-comedian overload.

Another swing and a miss: Ricky Gervais's rather desperate reanimation of David Brent, Life on the Road.

There's a new recut and restoration of Beat the Devil, so I wrote about that.

Also did our annual Oscar nominee priority guide.

For Bad Movie Night, we did a rare new release: Fifty Shades Darker. You understand.

For Second Glance, I took a look at the currently inescapable They Live.

There was, of course, a February indie guide.

And, last but never least, Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guides for 1/31, 2/7, and 2/14.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Post-Sundance Edition

Hey, I'm finally not only back from Sundance, but caught back up from Sundance! That can take just as long as the festival itself. Here's some stuff I've written about it, and after:


First of all we did our customary Sundance preview, which usually gets way more traffic than any of the actual reviews, so insert sad commentary on the culture of anticipation here.

And I did the diary thing at Sundance this year:
Day 1: An Inconvenient Sequel and The Little Hours.

Day 2: Landline, The Incredible Jessica James, Ingrid Goes West, and Person to Person.

Day 3: The Big Sick, Mudbound, The Hero, and Before I Fall.

Day 4: To the Bone, Wind River, Wilson, and Gook.

Day 5: Manifesto, The Polka King, Lemon, and Tell Them We Are Rising.

Day 6: Nobody Speak, Marjorie Prime, Golden Exits, and 78/52.

Day 7: Oklahoma City, Quest, Trophy, and final thoughts.

I also reviewed Gold, which has McConaughey hitting some awfully familiar notes.

As well as The Salesman, which is genius.

Bad Movie Night is back, and I finally did The Happening.

And, of course, a home media guide for 1/24.

I Wrote These Things: Pre-Sundance Edition


I'm headed off to Park City, Utah today, for my sixth year covering the big ol' snowy indie clusterfuck known as the Sundance Film Festival. But before I go, here's a few recent items I've run over at Flavorwire...

I wrote about Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg's "docbusters," and what they say about the stories we want to be told about America right now.

I floated the notion that artists and celebrities actually can be helpful in #TheResistance - as irritants.

On Oscar nomination due day, I offered up some less-buzzed awards-worthy performances.

I reviewed Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which is wonderful.

I weighed The Founder against the current figure it can't avoid invoking.

And, of course, DVD/VOD guides for 1/10 and 1/17.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Big Year-End and Year-Beginning Catch-Up!


So the wildest thing happened: we went and had another kid. Well, "wild" might not be the right way to put it, since it makes it sound like it was unexpected in some way; it was totally expected, and in fact, I knew about for so long (nearly nine months) that I had time to write and file a whole bunch of pieces that ran while I was on family leave. Here they are!

It wouldn't be the end of the year without a whole bunch o' lists. So here's my 10 best movies of the year, 10 best documentaries of the year, and 10 great movies from 2016 that you can totally stream right now.

And I wrote a "Year in Culture" piece on how 2016's African-American films directly and indirectly addressed #OscarsSoWhite and Trump's America.

Reviews! Fences is very good, and so is Paterson,  20th Century Women is even better, and both Live By Night and Hidden Figures have good stuff and some real problems.

For a special holiday Second Glance, I looked at Ted Demme's The Ref.

Of course, we listed our most anticipated movies of 2017, and managed to include no sequels and only one remake.

And a whole bunch of Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guides, for 12/13 and 12/20 and 12/27 and 1/3.