Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in January

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in January


New year, new feature. For context, I wrote a very long piece about my experiences completing the #52FilmsByWomen pledge in 2017; that piece didn’t pan out, being both too lumbering, too unfocused, and too performative for its own good. But there’s a positive outcome here, being this, a monthly feature for Paste Magazine, highlighting four to five … Continue reading

Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Movies Of 2017

Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Movies Of 2017


I’ll be upfront here: I really don’t agree with either the placement or inclusion of a big chunk of the movies included on Paste Magazine‘s 50 Best Movies Of 2017 list. (Notable entries: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I, Tonya, John Wick Chapter 2, It, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Blade Runner 2049, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Logan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer.) But that … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, December 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, December 2017


Happy New Year! Also: Happy Criterion Round-up! Election is nothing to sneeze at, but if you ask me, General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait is the film from The Criterion Collection’s December slate with the most contemporary significance. (It’s also really good. Keep that in mind. Even if Donald Trump wasn’t our fucking president, it’d still be … Continue reading

Black Mirror Season 4 Review

Black Mirror Season 4 Review


Just in the nick of time: Here’s my review of Black Mirror‘s fourth season. In a word, it’s superb. In more words, well, hey now – you’re not getting my thoughts out of me that easily. In the real world, don’t have the kind of technology that lets you do that. If we lived in the Black Mirror-verse, maybe … Continue reading

Andy’s Best Things, 2017 Edition

Andy’s Best Things, 2017 Edition


As usual, as I do each year (each year, at least, since first creating this blog), and as you expect me to do, I have compiled my top ten list for 2017. Also as usual, that list includes five honorable mentions. Not at all as usual, I’ve generously expanded this annual enterprise to include two of … Continue reading

Review: Pitch Perfect 3, 2017, dir. Trish Sie

Review: Pitch Perfect 3, 2017, dir. Trish Sie


The Pitch Perfect series is, for the most part, delightful; it’s a cliché to say that the first movie in a trilogy is the best, but Pitch Perfect really is better than Pitch Perfect 2, which mostly entertains with more bumps in the road plus a handful of unnecessary detours. So I’m not surprised that Pitch Perfect 3 turned … Continue reading

The Most Destructive Man of “The Last Jedi”

The Most Destructive Man of “The Last Jedi”


Ho, ho, ho, here’s another friggin’ Star Wars article, this one about The Last Jedi‘s true menace, Poe Dameron, aka “the guy who keeps making bad decisions that get lots of Resistance members super-duper dead.” Spoiler! I guess! I hope you’ve seen the movie at this point, because if not I have way ruined it for you … Continue reading