Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tomorrow morning, I will get on a jet air liner and fly all the damn way to Utah for my seventh (seventh!) Sundance Film Festival. So before I go, here's a few things I've managed to write and curate in what was supposed to be a slow couple of weeks.
My main thing of 2018 thus far is this big piece on the wide (wider than you'd think) influence of cinéma vérité on movies both fiction and non, inspired by a great upcoming series at Film Forum and Metrograph's concurrent revival run of the new Salesman restoration.
Inside the "Shitty Media Men" story is another, smaller story about how entertainment journalism often functions without context, and aggregation is the devil. So I wrote that story.
The Oscar nominations are coming up, so I suggested a few dark horse acting possibilities.
It's a new year, and I was legally bound to make a list of my most anticipated movies. Sorry, I don't make the laws.
Mondo did a bunch of very cool new posters for classic Universal monster movies, so I made a lil' gallery. And, related, there's an amazing new edition of Frankenstein out from Classics Reimagined, so I made a gallery of that too.
Here's your January streaming movie guide, and its indie theatrical counterpart.
And, obviously, your BD/DVD/VOD guides for 1/2, 1/9, and 1/16.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
In case you'd like them in one, bookmark-able place!
Column one, mid-September: L.A. Confidential and The Game.
Column two, early October: The Edge, The Ice Storm, and Fast, Cheap, & Out of Control.
Column three, mid-October: Boogie Nights and Happy Together.
Column four, early November: Gattaca and Starship Troopers.
Column five, mid-November: Eve's Bayou and One Night Stand.
Column six, late November: Good Will Hunting and The Sweet Hereafter.
Column seven, mid-December: Titanic, Amistad, and Kundun.
Column eight, late December: Jackie Brown, As Good As It Gets, and Wag the Dog.
Monday, January 1, 2018
As usual, the end of the year was a flurry of bleary-eyed activity, as I attempted to cover all the big end-of-year movies, catch up for best-of lists, plus, y'know, sleep and shop and pack and stuff.
I did a mega-list of the Best 100 Movies on Netflix for the NY Times' Watching.
I was back on the Big Bad Disney beat for The Village Voice, with this piece on their scary-sounding acquisition of Fox.
For Slate, I had this 30th anniversary look at Broadcast News, a movie I celebrate by gawking at its terrible deleted scenes.
And the big Fall of 1997 series came to an end at VICE, with this look at Jackie Brown, Wag the Dog, and As Good as It Gets.
Also for VICE, a review of Phantom Thread, and some thoughts on Paul Thomas Anderson's utter disinterest in mainstream success.
Over at Flavorwire, I did year-end lists galore: the 10 best narrative movies of the year, the 10 best documentaries of the year, and ten runners-up that are streaming right now.
I put together a gallery of cool pop-culture postcards, from Gallery1988.
And, of course, one last DVD/VOD guide.
Friday, December 15, 2017
The end of the year is a bleary-eyed blur, in which you're just desperately trying to get all the things filed, do all the holiday stuff, and maybe even sleep on occasion. Here are some things I've written lately, or at least the ones I can remember.
I returned to Slate for this piece on The Post, and All The President's Men, and Katharine Graham's representation (or lack thereof) in both.
The Fall of 1997 series continues over at Vice! Here's column number six, on Good Will Hunting and The Sweet Hereafter, and column number seven, covering Titanic, Amistad, and Kundun.
I made a list for NY Times Watching of movies you can see in The Shape of Water. And I also reviewed the movie for Flavorwire.
Also for Flavorwire on the review front: a little something about the Star Wars picture. It's great!
I wrote about the unsurprising but still stupid responses of male actors to the John Oliver/Dustin Hoffman thing.
'Tis the season, so I did new listicles of insane Christmas songs and streaming holiday movies. And a gift guide!
There are DVD/VOD guides, of course, for 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12.
Plus the usual streaming guide and indie guide for December. Not too late to enjoy those!
Galleries! Look, it's old movie stars getting all holiday spirit-y!
And a bunch of posters for classic Christmas movies!
Some charming stuff from Kate Micucci's show at Gallery1988.
And finally, some illustrations from Folio Society's new Bond books.
I can't imagine I'll do this again before the holidays, so y'know, happy holidays!
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Over at VICE, my Fall of '97 series continued with this look at Eve's Bayou and One Night Stand.
I wrote about Errol Morris's forthcoming Netflix series (and, if you live in a lucky enough market, double-length documentary film) Wormwood, from its DOC NYC screening.
Also wrote a full review of Mudbound, which I've been raving about since Sundance.
Also very good: Call Me By Your Name, which I reviewed here.
Wasn't as nuts about Darkest Hour. I mean, y'know, it's fine.
Galleries! Enjoy some totally cute illustrations of great movie dogs, and a bunch of stuff from Gallery1988's eleventh "Crazy 4 Cult" exhibition.
And your DVD/VOD guides for 11/14 and 11/21.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Woo-wee, it's been a big couple of weeks! Here's what I've been up to:
The biggest deal was the much-discussed dust-up between Disney and the Los Angeles Times, which resulted in boycotts from journalists and critics organizations, until Disney blinked. I'm proud to say Flavorwire was the first outlet to announce a blackout of Disney coverage until the issue was resolved; even better, I made my non-intern debut at the Village Voice with a bit of reporting and commentary on the matter.
Also for the Voice, I did a preview of DOC NYC, Gotham's big documentary film festival.
At VICE, I did a big piece on the complicated morality of Martin McDonagh's films (particularly his new one, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), as well as the fourth column in the Fall of 1997 miniseries, this one on Gattaca and Starship Troopers. Oh, and speaking of Three Billboards, I did a round-up of my favorite Frances McDormand performances for Watching.
Also, I made my debut at Uproxx, with a big rundown of failed late-night talk shows.
Back at Flavorwire, I put together a fun trivia post about Mel Gibson!
I reviewed Lady Bird, which you really should see.
Also reviewed Murder on the Orient Express, which you can safely skip.
And here's an indie guide for November.
In commemoration of the Scott Eyman book and Film Forum series Hank and Jim, I did a listicle of Old Hollywood friendships.
Gallery1988 did a charming exhibit called "Down Time," and threw us a gallery.
There are DVD/VOD guides, of course, for 10/31 and 11/7.
Finally, The Deuce ended, so here's my recap of the finale.
Monday, October 30, 2017
First off, I had two new things at VICE: a piece on Suburbicon and the weird way each George Clooney film is worse than the last, and the new Fall of 1997 column, featuring Boogie Nights and Happy Together.
I reviewed the very lovely Wonderstruck, as well as the provocative The Square.
I also did a NYFF wrap-up, with capsule review of those two, plus Last Flag Flying, Lady Bird, Mudbound, and more.
Rather than review The Snowman, I saw that its hero is named "Harry Hole" and just did a list of silly character names.
I did the monthly run-down of what new movies are streaming where.
Also did a round-up of where to stream good, older horror movies this Halloween.
I did a gallery of Monty Python fan art, because I had an excuse to.
Oh, and this thing I wrote about Alec Baldwin being a dick on Twitter got a fair amount of reaction and pick-up.
DVD/VOD guides for 10/17 and 10/24.
And here are your Deuce recaps, of episodes six and seven.