Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada


I missed Columbus at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston, so of course I was thrilled to catch up with it for its theatrical release. I was even more thrilled to find that it’s lovely, poetic, and just plain old great. At a glance, I expected the film to follow along expected plot lines, but I … Continue reading

Bingeworthy Breakdown: Comrade Detective

Bingeworthy Breakdown: Comrade Detective


Trust me: I really wanted to love Comrade Detective. I’m fond of most of the people involved, and if I’m naturally inclined to consider the basic conceit of dubbing comic vocal tracks over material that is not at all innately comic, I’m okay with it on the off chance that the people doing it nail the … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, July 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, July 2017


I forgot to post this, so here it is: Paste Magazine’s Criterion Collection Round-Up for July of 2017.  For whatever reason, I thought I’d written about Rome, Open City in the past – and it’s possible that I have, and have merely forgotten – but revisiting it years after first watching it, I found that my appreciation … Continue reading

Spider-Man: Homeroom

Spider-Man: Homeroom


It’s bad enough we have to learn about superheroes in movie theaters all across the world these days, but now our children have to learn about superheroes in the classroom. Someone, please: Think of the children. There’s a lot that happens in <i>Spider-Man: Homecoming</i>, most of it designed to bolster the bonds holding the Marvel … Continue reading

TV Review: Room 104

TV Review: Room 104


Well, would you look at that! I got an article up at The ARTery, the arts and culture hub for our local NPR station here in Boston, good ol’ WBUR: It’s a review of Room 104, a new anthology series running on HBO, which just began airing on 07/28. In my estimation, based solely on what … Continue reading

Review: Killing Ground, 2017, dir. Damien Power

Review: Killing Ground, 2017, dir. Damien Power


In stark contrast to Kuso, that really gross movie I reviewed the other day, here’s my review of Damien Power’s Killing Ground over at Paste Magazine, which is arguably harsher while being much less offensive to watch. This is something I struggle with frequently as a critic and as an all-around cinephile: What is, and isn’t, offensive, and … Continue reading

The 20 Best “Mad Men” Episodes

The 20 Best “Mad Men” Episodes


I don’t need to explain this one, do I? Mad Men turned 10 years old yesterday. The TV writing staff at Paste Magazine wrote about its best episodes; I specifically wrote about Pete Campbell getting knocked the fuck out by Lane Pryce, and also about the time Sterling Cooper became Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Nothing complicated, … Continue reading

Review: Kuso, 2017, dir. Flying Lotus

Review: Kuso, 2017, dir. Flying Lotus


I have no further words for Kuso, the first feature from Flying Lotus, aka Steve Ellison, because I expended them all while writing my review of the film for The Playlist. Suffice to say: It’s something else. As you’ll no doubt gather from the piece’s opening paragraph, I have a high threshold for fucked up movies, … Continue reading

Review: Endless Poetry, 2017, dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Review: Endless Poetry, 2017, dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky


If you’ve not seen a single Alejandro Jodorowsky film, from El Topo to The Holy Mountain, Santa Sangre to Tusk, or his last movie, 2013’s The Dance of Reality, then don’t worry: His latest, Endless Poetry, is totally accessible and understandable, no matter that you have no idea who Jodorowsky is, do you? Do you?! You disgust me. …so yeah, please read my review of Endless Poetry! … Continue reading