Saturday, December 13, 2014

ICYMI: The Big Longread, The Sony Hack, and the Beginning of the End of the Year

Writing for the Internet can break your heart. Don't get me wrong--I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to actually making a living writing about movies. But too often, the thing you really spend your time and pour your heart into lands on your site and vanishes almost immediately, while the throwaway thing you toss off in a half hour becomes your best performer in a week. I know, I know, traffic shouldn't be the only metric, and it's always nice to have work that's noted and appreciated by your peers and fellow film fans. But when you work really hard on something, it's nice to know that eyeballs are on it. Nine times out of ten, that's not the case.

Thankfully, this was the tenth time. I'd been working on this piece for several weeks now, formulating theories, crunching numbers, doing research, attempting (and occasionally landing) interviews. It went live this week, and it's become one of my most widely-read articles--lots of tweets (from not only fellow tweets, but Felicia Day, FAINT), wonderful feedback, links from my favorite film sites, and today, the ultimate goal for a long piece of ambitious writing: a link at Longreads.

So thank you to everyone who took the time (18 minutes, according to Longreads!) to read it, and to share it. And if you haven't yet, well, here ya go.

And as if that wasn't lovely enough, another piece did very well this week too. I'd initially resisted writing anything about the information culled from the Sony Pictures hack, so when I decided to, it was less for salacious gossip than for something genuinely informative about race in Hollywood. Here's that.

And the rest of this week's links:

Why Is the Weinstein Company Dooming Two of Its Best Oscar Prospects? [UPDATED]

Why Did It Take Chris Rock So Long to Make a Great Movie Like ‘Top Five’?

In Defense of Seeing the Movie Before You Read the Book

Fascinating Early Drafts and Alternate Versions of ‘Star Wars’ Movie Posters

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ICYMI: Mike Nichols, 'Mockingjay,' Trailers, and Pop Culture's Closed Loop

Is Television Sacrificing Its Golden Age to the Closed Loop of Pop Culture?

Why Mike Nichols Was So Much More Than ‘The Graduate’

“What’s Discriminated Against Are My Choices”: Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Representation, Love Stories, and ‘Beyond the Lights’

‘Basement Tapes’ Syllabus: An Essential Bob Dylan Reading List

How Insane Was the Real-Life Millionaire Murderer at the Center of ‘Foxcatcher’?


50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors


A Brief History of Jon Stewart’s Side Projects


The 8 People You Meet in a Screwball Comedy


Cool Illustrations Pair Hollywood Icons with Famous Architects


Sunday, November 9, 2014

ICYMI: "Interstellar," Scandal Books, "Theory of Everything," and Bay's Benghazi

Messy, Ambitious ‘Interstellar’ Is Christopher Nolan’s ‘White Album’


‘Tinseltown,’ ‘Classic Hollywood,’ and the Secret, Sexy History of Movie Scandals


Who Put the Kibosh on the Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc ‘An Open Secret’?


Flavorwire Exclusive: Leaked Memo Details Michael Bay’s Benghazi Movie, Other Political Thrillers Based on Real Events!


The Slow Erosion of the TV vs. Movie Actor Class System

Let’s Not Break Our Arms Patting Marvel on the Back For “Diversity”


How Did the ‘Hobbit’ Movies Go So Horribly Awry?


The Greatest Silent Comedians of the Sound Era


10 Terrible American Remakes of Great Foreign Films 

The 10 Worst Movies Based on Real Political Events


Ingenious Graphic Renderings of Quotes from Pixar Movies


7 Totally Lame Movie Sequel Plot Twists


13 Great Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween Weekend

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


So The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion is out! You can get it here, or here, or here. And there have been excerpts, luckily enough:

The Dissolve ran the piece on "The Woody Allen Style".'s "Balder and Dash" vertical ran the piece on autobiography and persona.

And Movie Mezzanine ran the piece on Woody the dramatist.

Also, in a just-plain-odd bit of timing, Pulp Fiction celebrated its actual 20th anniversary (the one that our 20th anniversary book was published nearly a year ahead of) the very week that the Woody book hit shelves, so I had an excuse to run a couple of excerpts from that one too.

At Flavorwire, on Tarantino, violence, and tap-dancing.

And, at The Atlantic, on Tarantino as director/DJ.

So, enjoy! And if you do, y'know, buy the books.