Dear Lew (11/26/2016)

Dear Lew (11/26/2016)


Dear Lew, Hey. It’s been a while, I know. Maybe hearing from me out of the blue like this comes as a shock, or even an insult; I would understand either, and especially the latter, because friends aren’t supposed to go this long without communicating, right? Otherwise, you can’t really call them “friends,” I suppose, … Continue reading

The Compassion of Beat Takeshi

The Compassion of Beat Takeshi


So, if you keep up with this blog, and if you have kept up with this blog for a long time, you probably know that I’m a big fan of Takeshi Kitano, of Zatoichi, and also of Kikujiro, and of these especially Kikujiro. In fact it only recently occurred to me that Kikujiro is my favorite Kitano movie (though Glory … Continue reading

Review: Kati Kati, 2016, dir. Mbithi Masya

Review: Kati Kati, 2016, dir. Mbithi Masya


Let’s hear it for remotely reviewing movies playing at out of state film festivals! Especially good ones, a’la Mbithi Masya’s Kati Kati, which I kinda wish was a little bit longer but which still plays beautifully at less than an hour and twenty minutes! Just describing the premise – a woman wakes up near a small … Continue reading

The 10 Best Movies In Theaters Right Now

The 10 Best Movies In Theaters Right Now


We’re changing it up, y’all! Instead of telling you what the ten best movies in theaters are in a given month, we at Paste Magazine are going to tell you what the ten best movies in theaters are right now, at this very moment, and that’s how it’s gonna be. (Makes sense: It’s sort of hard to … Continue reading

For Everyone Else, It Was Just Tuesday.

For Everyone Else, It Was Just Tuesday.


I haven’t made any notable public rumblings in regards to the results of our presidential election. This is for a good, simple reason: No amount of rumblings can accurately capture the depth of my feelings on the climax of this awful campaign cycle, though I will offer that to describe Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, as … Continue reading

Review: Arrival, 2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve

Review: Arrival, 2016, dir. Denis Villeneuve


I’m on again, off again with Denis Villeneuve; I’m unabashedly wild about Enemy, but I never could stand Prisoners and I can only enjoy Sicario as long as I don’t think too much about it. With Arrival, I’m closer to Enemy than not – it worked on me, and worked on everyone around me, which may be because it’s genuinely good … Continue reading

Review: The Monster, 2016, dir. Bryan Bertino

Review: The Monster, 2016, dir. Bryan Bertino


I never got around to seeing Bryan Bertino’s second film, Mockingbird, his follow up to his 2008 debut The Strangers. Based on reviews, I’m not sure I want to, but based on his latest picture, The Monster, maybe I might just. (Who knows! I’m so fickle! That means I’m fun.) The Monster is The Strangers‘ distant kin, a monster film with … Continue reading

Forgiving Gibson

Forgiving Gibson


I had a feeling that this editorial I wrote for Paste Magazine about Mel Gibson, Blood Father, Hacksaw Ridge, his 2006 anti-Semitic rant, and forgiveness would be met with despondent or apathetic reactions, and based on the few comments that have been posted already, it seems I was right. Sorry. I meant to have a draft on … Continue reading

Review: Loving, 2016, dir. Jeff Nichols

Review: Loving, 2016, dir. Jeff Nichols


Surprise: I didn’t like a Jeff Nichols movie. I know the score on my review of Loving, published, as usual, over at Paste Magazine, is low, but I actually appreciate it significantly more than Midnight Special, which is the most boring and bland movie of 2016 whose supporters refuse to accept that it is boring and bland. Loving‘s … Continue reading