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
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
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
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
How weird. I’m slowly becoming disenchanted with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, one of my go-to favorites for unwinding during the week. Not that the New Year two-parter is bad (though I am disturbed at how often I find myself repeating this sentiment), but as with the New Girl crossover, it feels unnecessary. If the show wanted to do a … Continue reading
The last Paste Magazine Criterion round-up of 2016 published just after the New Year, and that’s just fine. What’s not fine is Heart of a Dog, a movie that I can’t bring myself to beat up on but which I didn’t really like; it’s one of those critical darlings I can’t help but give a thorough … Continue reading
Happy New Year! Here is another link to a piece at Paste Magazine about everything that was good in 2016 (which is not to say that I personally like every movie that appears on the list, because I don’t, but more that Paste’s collective writer pool has a set of very diverse tastes). I wrote … Continue reading
Well, you all know what this post is about. A brief intro: Most years, I agonize over my top ten list to the bitter end, and then for a while after, too. This largely has to do with volume. I don’t tend to see all of the movies that I want or need to in a … Continue reading
I like seeing directors take pains not to pigeonhole themselves. Take André Øvredal, the Swedish filmmaker who shot Trollhunter back in 2010. You’d half expect him to make another movie in that vein, blackly funny and tons of fun. (You’d also hope he would make that movie, or any movie, sooner than six years after Trollhunter became a … Continue reading
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.
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.
…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.
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
If I had to count down the best films in a specific genre, that genre might as well be horror, so that’s what I did: I, in tandem with a handful of my esteemed colleagues as Paste Magazine, put together a list of the fifteen horror movies in 2016 that most deserve your time and … Continue reading
The year end train continues! Over at The Playlist, I wrote a few capsules about a few of the best performances of 2016, notably the dueling works of Isabelle Huppert, who appears in both Elle and Things to Come, two very different movies where she plays very similar roles. You should maybe take a looksie, eh? … Continue reading
And again with the Brooklyn Nine-Nine reviewing, over at Paste Magazine as always, in which Charles Boyle taps into his inner mommy strength and goes sickhouse on a gang of gunrunners, all in pursuit of giving young Nikolaj the perfect (first) Christmas. (Content warning: Joe Lo Truglio’s chest hair.) A good way to break for a … Continue reading
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