Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”


Last October, I was given the opportunity to have a sit-down with Patrick Ness, author (ish) of the low fantasy, young adult novel A Monster Calls, and to talk with him about the experience of adapting his own novel (ish) from page to screen. (“Ish” meaning: Ness was contracted to write it, but author Siobhan Dowd, who … Continue reading

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Award Winners

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Award Winners


This is it, dudes and dudettes: My last “best of 2016” post, at least I think it is, because who knows, I could have written a thing or three for other lists that I’ve just plum forgotten about.  Anywho, what the title says. The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 2016 … Continue reading

BOFCA 2016 Year-End Top Ten Podcast

BOFCA 2016 Year-End Top Ten Podcast


Funny fact/fun fact: The Boston Online Film Critic Association‘s year-end top ten podcast lasts about as long as most of the films on the actual top ten itself, so you can either listen to the podcast, or you can go watch one of those films. Or you could listen to the podcast and watch all … Continue reading

Paste’s 29 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017

Paste’s 29 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017


A couple years back, I wrote a review of Justin Simien’s awesome feature debut, Dear White People, and assholes on the Internet decided that the best response to a film so named was to drop a bunch of racist-as-fuck comments in the comments section, without really reading the review (or seeing the movie, obviously). My editor … Continue reading

Movie Mezzanine’s Year In Film, Superlatives

Movie Mezzanine’s Year In Film, Superlatives


Nobody ever gets sick of list-writing exercises or year-end reminiscences, so here’s a double dose from Movie Mezzanine, where I wrote about the 2016 film that’s most likely to inspire future filmmakers (Moonlight), and my favorite older discovery made during the year, The Executioner.

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016


I can’t stop writing about year-end stuff! And there’s more year-end stuff to come! Unsatisfied with writing about the performances I wrote about for that other “best performances” feature, I decided to write about five more performances for Paste Magazine’s own “best performances” feature. I I think I totally crushed it. You tell me.  

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016


…hey, how about that, another year end list, whaddya know. 2016 is a big documentary year, as in “there are a lot of great documentaries that came out this year.” I wrote about Ava DuVernay’s 13th, and Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, two fundamentally unalike films that remain among the year’s best documentary offerings, for The Playlist.  

Review: Silence, 2016, dir. Martin Scorsese

Review: Silence, 2016, dir. Martin Scorsese


I ranked Silence in the #4 position on my BOFCA ballot this year, so naturally my review of the film has pretty high praise for it. You’ll hear a lot about the film in the coming weeks, much of which will, I’m certain, be bent around matters of representation; the questions raised in those conversations are … Continue reading

Review: Neruda, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín

Review: Neruda, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín


When did Pablo Larraín become one of cinema’s hardest working people? The guy has two movies in theaters right now, and they’re just the second and third movies of his that have graced screens in 2016. The Club is probably the best of the bunch, but I liked his latest, Neruda, a sort-of biopic about Pablo … Continue reading