Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017


Hey, hey! Another month, another monthly Criterion round-up for Paste Magazine. Disclosure: We couldn’t get a blurb together for Desert Hearts, which is too bad – it’s a pretty important landmark in queer cinema – but hey, we’re not perfect. (Still: Sorry!) We got blurbs for everything else, though, including my words on Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, which … Continue reading

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017


I’ll admit that documentaries aren’t necessarily my jam – it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that the way I’m wired I tend to find more truth in fiction than in fact – but I’m happy to watch them, and happier still when they strike me the way that narrative featuresp do. So here … Continue reading

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance


  There is a part of me that loves Coco, the new Pixar film, for Coco, and a part of me that loves it for essentially being a big ol’ “eff you” to our president and his openly xenophobic, anti-immigrant ideology, which isn’t really an “ideology,” because let’s face it, Donald is not an ideological kind of … Continue reading

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?


Simple answer to the question posed by the title of my latest piece at The Hollywood Reporter: Yes. Yes it does. Luc Besson’s latest and underloved summer CGI extravaganza, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has its flaws, most of them being tied to Dane DeHaan’s ill fit as the cocky action hero type, … Continue reading

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe


I went into Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo with a healthy amount of trepidation, expecting nothing more than a linear history lesson about the state of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017. My expectations weren’t met. The film is a history lesson, that’s for sure, but it keeps the lesson active, primarily rooted in McCabe’s footage … Continue reading