Posted on December 9, 2014

Review: Wild, 2014, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée

Review: Wild, 2014, dir. Jean-Marc Vallée


“Wild is ripe for easy snark on the page. Just as Cheryl Strayed embarked on her thousand mile sojourn to emotional betterment in 1995, Reese Witherspoon sets out to recreate Strayed’s quest in the pursuit of another Oscar win, what would be her first since 2005’s Walk the Line. It has long been the fashion … Continue reading

TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Episode 2.09, “The Road Trip”

TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Episode 2.09, “The Road Trip”


“What happens when Jake Peralta’s breathtaking lack of propriety collides with Amy Santiago’s control freak neuroses? “The Road Trip,” perhaps the single best episode in Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s entire second season. That’s high praise in light of “USPIS”, last week’s truly terrific offering, which represents a high point in the show’s sophomore slump. There’s no denying … Continue reading

Review: Death Metal Angola, 2014, dir. Jeremy Xido

Review: Death Metal Angola, 2014, dir. Jeremy Xido


“The first few minutes of Death Metal Angola don’t feel like the introduction to a documentary. They’re something more akin to the opening sequence of a horror film. We’re presented with a quick lesson on Angola’s history in the 20th century—the 15-year war its people fought to regain their independence from Portugal (ending in 1975), … Continue reading