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.

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.