Review: Rebels of the Neon God, 1992, dir. Tsai Ming-liang

Review: Rebels of the Neon God, 1992, dir. Tsai Ming-liang


“If Tsai Ming-liang hadn’t beaten Nicolas Winding Refn’s career to the punch by several years, Rebels of the Neon God would have been a killer moniker for one of the great Dane’s as-yet-unimagined future projects. Even in that alternate timeline, though, Tsai’s debut feature comes from such a culturally specific place that only he could … Continue reading

Review: The Dead Lands, 2015, dir. Toa Fraser

Review: The Dead Lands, 2015, dir. Toa Fraser


“Thirty years ago, give or take, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands would have fit in nicely during the period’s boom of heroic fantasy films—Krull, Hawk the Slayer, Conan the Barbarian, Fire and Ice, The Sword and the Sorcerer—save for a paucity of camp. Not that The Dead Lands is an entirely somber affair, mind you, … Continue reading

WTH Just Happened?: ‘Where is Mama’s Boy?’

WTH Just Happened?: ‘Where is Mama’s Boy?’


“Ever blind-watched a movie just because you recognized its supporting cast? Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, I know this person from the secondary roles they’ve played in internationally prominent films!” and used that as justification to check out the random, obscure titles they spend most of their timing slumming it in? If so, … Continue reading

TV Review: The Comedians, 1.1, “Pilot”

TV Review: The Comedians, 1.1, “Pilot”


““When I found out Billy Crystal wanted to work with me, nobody was more excited than my grandparents.” If you’ve seen any kind of advertising for FX’s new “inside baseball” comedy series,The Comedians, you’ve almost certainly heard this particular line spoken from the mouth of Josh Gad, one of its leads. The joke appears to … Continue reading

Review: 5 to 7, 2015, dir. Victor Levin

Review: 5 to 7, 2015, dir. Victor Levin


“Making a romantic comedy in New York without referencing the works of Woody Allen or Neil Simon is a tall order. For decades, television, movies and music have extolled the Big Apple as a place where dreams come true, as a burg of endless amorous possibility. We’re well past the point where stories of young … Continue reading