Posted in September 2016

Review: Deepwater Horizon, 2016, dir. Peter Berg

Review: Deepwater Horizon, 2016, dir. Peter Berg


And here we are again, with Andy staring down the barrel of a movie asking himself a fundamental question: “Who the hell is this stupid thing for?” That movie is Deepwater Horizon, the first of two Peter Berg/Mark Wahlberg collaborations in 2016, both of which revolve around real-world tragic events. (The other one is Patriots Day, which … Continue reading

What “Free State of Jones” Meant To Say”

What “Free State of Jones” Meant To Say”


When I put in for a review copy of Free State of Jones, I thought I’d end up just writing a standard review of Gary Ross’ film about the Southern Unionist and freedom fighter Newton Knight. I was completely 100% wrong, thus proving that I am a big dummy. Instead, I wrote about the terrible, horrible, … Continue reading

Review: Goat, 2016, dir. Andrew Neel

Review: Goat, 2016, dir. Andrew Neel


I can picture a cut of Goat that leaves out the extraneous stuff, the stuff that has net zero impact on the plot, and I can also picture that cut of Goat being much, much better than the cut we got. Oh well. The cut we got is still pretty solid, excess material aside. Goat, by the way, … Continue reading

Review: Demon, 2016, dir. Marcin Wrona

Review: Demon, 2016, dir. Marcin Wrona


It’s an immense tragedy that Marcin Wrona, the brilliant filmmaker responsible for creating Demon, committed suicide around this time in 2015 after showing the picture in Gdynia (and also showing at TIFF); it’s a powerful work, the work of a master in the making, and the third contestant in a three-way-tie for “best horror film of … Continue reading

Review: Karl Marx City, 2016, dir. Petra Epperlein

Review: Karl Marx City, 2016, dir. Petra Epperlein


Who needs to go to the Toronto International Film Festival when you can just watch movies in competition remotely? Okay, fair answer: Me. I need to go. But I can’t, or I couldn’t, so instead my very awesome editors over at The Playlist gifted me with screeners, thus allowing me to be “part” of TIFF without the … Continue reading

“In the Beginning, There Was TV”

“In the Beginning, There Was TV”


We all get nostalgic sometimes. When we do, things like the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things happen. Also: This big ol’ joint feature by all of us TV types at Paste Magazine, in which we each wax poetic about our bygone days of TV watching and talk about our favorite TV memories. Those of you who know … Continue reading

Review: Klown Forever, 2016, dir. Mikkel Nørgaard

Review: Klown Forever, 2016, dir. Mikkel Nørgaard


Remember five years ago when I reviewed that movie Klown? I’m at it again, reviewing its sequel, Klown Forever, over at The Playlist, much like its stars, Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam, are at it again playing awful, petty, self-destructive alternate versions of themselves. How nice to be reunited with them. Wait: No, not how “nice.” How … Continue reading

Review: Dekalog, 2016, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski

Review: Dekalog, 2016, dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski


Have you seen Dekalog, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s groundbreaking 10 hour television film of biblical design? No? Okay, lemme break it down for you: You should see Dekalog, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski’s groundbreaking 10 hour television film of biblical design. 10 hours is a lot of hours for sure, but the film is really ten one hour films as … Continue reading