Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Big Year-End and Year-Beginning Catch-Up!


So the wildest thing happened: we went and had another kid. Well, "wild" might not be the right way to put it, since it makes it sound like it was unexpected in some way; it was totally expected, and in fact, I knew about for so long (nearly nine months) that I had time to write and file a whole bunch of pieces that ran while I was on family leave. Here they are!

It wouldn't be the end of the year without a whole bunch o' lists. So here's my 10 best movies of the year, 10 best documentaries of the year, and 10 great movies from 2016 that you can totally stream right now.

And I wrote a "Year in Culture" piece on how 2016's African-American films directly and indirectly addressed #OscarsSoWhite and Trump's America.

Reviews! Fences is very good, and so is Paterson,  20th Century Women is even better, and both Live By Night and Hidden Figures have good stuff and some real problems.

For a special holiday Second Glance, I looked at Ted Demme's The Ref.

Of course, we listed our most anticipated movies of 2017, and managed to include no sequels and only one remake.

And a whole bunch of Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guides, for 12/13 and 12/20 and 12/27 and 1/3.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 12/10


I worked really hard to do right by I Am Not Your Negro, which is probably the year's best film.

I also reviewed the magical La La Land.

One of the very first things I ever wrote for Flavorwire (all the way back in 2010!) was a round-up of the year's best movie moments, so it's something I've tried to do every year since. Here's this year's.

For Bad Movie Night - happy holidays - I took apart Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

Some pretty good stuff in the Blu-ray/DVD/VOD guide for 12/6.

And I don't usually include my quickie news posts here, but this one sort of gets to the heart of the critics' awards dispatches I find myself writing a lot lately.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 12/3


The big one for these two weeks is my big cover story on how awards season is taking over the movie-going calendar. Talked to some very good, thoughtful writers on the beat, and came up with something reasonably helpful, I hope.

I reviewed Jackie, which is so much better than it sounded.

I reviewed Moana, and it is lovely.

I was low on space Thanksgiving week and didn't have room for full reviews of Allied or Miss Sloane, but there are capsules for them here.

Also, our annual movie geek gift guide dropped. It's packed.

And we ran our jam-packed December indie guide.

For Second Glance, I went back to Robert Zemeckis's very first feature, the charming Beatlemania caper I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

For Bad Movie Night, I looked at the bonkers Canadian cable-access Terminator rip-off Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments, and got a little personal.

And, of course, BD/DVD/VOD guides for 11/22 and 11/29.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 11/19


Less than usual this week, on account of some time off for the birthday (my 41st, if you're keeping track), but spotlighting some really great movies, and an interesting failure too.

First up, a review of Manchester By the Sea, which is both masterful and restrained.

My review of The Edge of Seventeen, which put me in mind of Easy A - a smarter-than-average teen comedy that will hopefully make its leading lady into a mega-star.

Some thoughts on Rules Don't Apply, which doesn't quite work, but in some fascinating ways.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 11/12


Well, it was a bit of a week, huh? In doing our customary round-up of the weekend's new movies, I wrote probably the closest I'll come to anything personal about the election - basically, that we have to burrow into art to take our mind off a scary world. So here's that.

Arrival was already one of my favorite films of the year - but after Tuesday, it was suddenly really important. More on that here.

I reviewed Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk - well, mostly I reviewed its technology, which ship-wrecks the whole fucking movie.

For Second Glance, I looked at the woefully underrated David Mamet caper movie Heist.

And here's a DVD/VOD guide.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Week Ending 11/5



Unsurprisingly, I made the case for FilmStruck.

Here's my review of the best movie of the week, and one of the best of the year: Loving.

I reviewed Doctor Strange. It's okay!

For Bad Movie Night, I took a pass at The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. It's not okay!

Did a really loaded indie guide too, which includes Manchester By the Sea, Nocturnal Animals, and Bleed for This.

And, of course, the ol' DVD/VOD guide.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

I Wrote These Things: Weeks Ending 10/29


I did a big ol' cover story about what draws us to scary movies, and keeps us coming back.

I wrote a New York Film Festival wrap-up, including capsule reviews of Manchester By the Sea, 20th Century Women, and Toni Erdmann.

I reviewed Moonlight, one of the year's best films.

And I reviewed The Handmaiden, which is sexy and terrific and great.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, on the other hand, is about as generic as action movies get.

But at least it's better than Inferno. I did a stunt review, from the persona of Into the Inferno director Werner Herzog, because why not.

For Second Glance, I looked at David Byrne's wonderful True Stories.

Halloween listicle alert! Some of my favorite horror movie performances.

Halloween service journalism alert! A big ol' guide to the best horror movies on your streaming service.

And, of course, DVD/VOD guides for 10/18 and 10/25.