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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 6/18


Rough Night was one of the few movies of the summer I was really looking forward to, and boy did it let me down.

And All Eyez On Me is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. (Also, it mentions pretty much every single thing he ever did - except Poetic Justice. There's an explanation!)

BAMcinemaFest started Wednesday, so I saw a bunch of their movies and capsuled them.

Seriously, WTF is going on with The Beguiled's social media campaign?

I did Batman & Robin for Bad Movie Night, and kind of can't believe I hadn't done Batman & Robin for Bad Movie Night.

And, of course, your DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, June 9, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 6/9


I spent way too much time digging through the Twitter feeds of DC fans, and came up with this.

And much of that was brought about by the release of Wonder Woman, so here's a review of that.

I did interviews! Which I don't do that often! Here's one with Ernest Dickerson.

And here's one with Charley Taylor, about his staggeringly good book.

I reviewed It Comes at Night, which is out-frigging-standing.

Beatriz at Dinner is a sharp movie, and an unexpectedly trenchant one.

War Machine isn't very good, but it's an important signpost for Netflix.

I really liked Long Strange Trip, and I'm not even all that into the Grateful Dead.

Sean Hannity is losing his fucking mind, so I wrote about that.

A new month started! Here's an indie guide!

There was a Star Wars anniversary, which means forty years of people writing dumb things about it.

There's a remake of The Beguiled coming out, so Second Glance revisited the original.

For Bad Movie Night, I took an anniversary look at the (not bad at all) Ishtar.

And of course, your buying and streaming guides, for 5/23, 5/30, and 6/6.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 5/20


If you do a summer movie preview, you should probably do an anti-preview too. At least, you should do one this summer.

I meant to just write something about Netflix's new "Skip Intro" thing and ended up writing a goddamn manifesto. tl;dr: keep your tech away from my art.

Also asked what the hell is going on over at MSNBC.

Trump fired off a bunch of tweets about Comey, and I wrote about it. This seems so very, very long ago.

I wrote a review of the unfortunately not-great Alien: Covenant.

Also not great? Snatched.

But here's a good review - of an HBO movie, Barry Levinson's The Wizard of Lies.

In advance of the return of Twin Peaks, I wrote one of like a dozen appreciations of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

A bunch of '90s indie filmmakers gathered at Lincoln Center to talk about John Pierson and Split Screen, so I covered that.

Gallery 1988 did a Stephen King tribute show, so here's some good stuff from that.

And your buying/streaming guides for 5/9 and 5/16.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 5/6




Tribeca happened! And I covered the shit out of it!

First and foremost, there are wrap-ups - capsule review of all the narratives and all the documentaries I saw.

There was a big Reservoir Dogs reunion, and I wrote about it.

There was a big Godfather reunion, and I wrote about that too.

On the new Clive Davis documentary, and the opening night concert.

On the new Puffy Combs documentary, and its concert.

Michael Moore did a retro screening of Bowling for Columbine, and had things to say after.

There were Tribeca Talks too! Jon Favreau and Scarlett Johnasson, and Noah Baumbach and Dustin Hoffman, and Paul Feig and Michael Che.

And I wrote up the big premieres of The Trip to Spain and The Circle. One of them is good. I'll let you guess which.

Also, there were other things! For example, this big feature I did on all the L.A. riot/Rodney King specials and documentaries.

And this piece I wrote about how Donald Trump treats the presidency like a beauty pageant win.

Gallery 1988 did a Veep show, and I put a gallery together.

There is a May indie guide, and God knows we'll need it.

Related: did a very low-expectation summer movie guide.

I did a Second Glance on the original, 1990 film adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale.

And DVD/VOD guides for 4/18, 4/25, and 5/2.

Friday, April 14, 2017

I Wrote These Things - Week Ending 4/15



The new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is out! I reviewed it! It's great!

And in the run-up, I had the exceedingly difficult task of picking my ten favorite episodes.

Here's something about that United video, and the kind of people who defended thuggery and corporate browbeating.

Richard Gere is great in Norman - but then again, Richard Gere is great in pretty much everything.

I did a Bad Movie Night on Red Dawn. (The original, not that it matters.)

And, of course, your Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guide.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

I Wrote These Things - Weeks Ending 4/8


Venturing into the politics vertical, I wrote about that stupid thing where Mike Pence won't be alone with women. It's #actually kind of important.

I wrote about Five Came Back. It's great!

I wrote about Going In Style. It stinks!

And then this, about The Boss Baby, which is not about Trump.

For Second Glance, I looked at Scorsese's super-underrated The Color of Money.

There is, of course, an indie guide for April.

And we have Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guides for 3/28 and 4/4.