Saturday, May 20, 2017


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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I Wrote These Things - Weeks Ending 3/21


The big deal of the last couple of weeks - and the reason why it's been a while since I did one of these - was SXSW, my favoritest film festival of all. Here's the coverage:

I did a preview, of course.

And something about the fan-friendly Alien event.

I covered a female-heavy panel about the challenges of representation in media.

I watched Fred Armisen talk to Bob Odenkirk.

There was a very big, fascinating panel with the cast and showrunner of Veep.

And I did wrap-ups, of the documentary and narrative films.

Oh, and while I was there, I saw Song to Song, and was not into it.

T2: Trainspotting sounded pretty desperate, but I found it surprisingly sharp and affecting.

I reviewed Kong: Skull Island, which is bad.

For a Skull Island-inspired installment of Bad Movie Night, I looked at the 1976 rip-off A*P*E.

I wrote about the one insult Piers Morgan is able to slap together.

And here's DVD/VOD guides for 3/7 and 3/14 and 3/21.

Friday, March 3, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 3/3



Feud: Bette and Joan premieres this weekend, so I took the opportunity to write about What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

I reviewed Logan, which is pretty good! It might not be as good as you've heard.

It's the first of the month, so I did an indie guide.

I wanted Table 19 to be on it, but boy was it not good, so I wrote a quick capsule review here.

Good lord it seems like years ago know, but I did an Oscar post-mortem.

And, of course, this week's BD/DVD/VOD guide.

Friday, February 24, 2017

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 2/24



I did a supercut! My first one in like two years! Enjoy over 100 clips of this year's Oscar nominees, before they were stars.

And speaking of the Oscars: Yes, I did predictions, it's legally required of all film writers.

Also, here's a review of Get Out, which is as great as you've heard.

This got some... spirited feedback: a reminder, post-Milo, that Bill Maher is the worst.

And this week's DVD/VOD guide.