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.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/8


This week, I asked the tough question: does Trump tweet on the can?

Film Forum is doing a big series of "New York in the '70s" movies that I'll be spending quite a bit of time at, and I did this round-up of some of them.

I reviewed A Ghost Story, which is kind of amazing.

I didn't review Spider-Man: Homecoming, but jotted down some brief thoughts in this week's theatrical capsules.

Oh, and of course, I did a DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, June 30, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 7/1


The big, big deal this week was getting to sit down with one of my favorite filmmakers, Errol Morris, to talk about his new movie The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography and the current state of documentary cinema. Here's that interview, which I'm very proud of.

I'm also very happy with this piece on Bong Joon-ho's Okja, which is both a review and an analysis of what it means for Netflix.

We don't do nearly as much of the clapping-back-at-hate-reads type of thing anymore, but this bullshit from The Hollywood Reporter deserved it.

Baby Driver isn't quite the revolution some of my colleagues have framed it as, but it is an awful lot of fun.

July is upon us, so here's an indie guide!

And here is a very, very full BD/DVD/VOD guide.

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.