Posted in December 2016

Movie Mezzanine’s Year In Film, Superlatives

Movie Mezzanine’s Year In Film, Superlatives


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.

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016


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.  

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016


…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.  

Review: Silence, 2016, dir. Martin Scorsese

Review: Silence, 2016, dir. Martin Scorsese


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

Review: Neruda, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín

Review: Neruda, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín


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

The Playlist’s 25 Best Films Of 2016

The Playlist’s 25 Best Films Of 2016


As though you need to be reminded that it’s that time of year, I have, in addition to my BOFCA voting, been contributing to year-end lists, the first of which is The Playlist’s 25 Best Films Of 2016 list. I didn’t say much, just around 200 words or so about Anna Rose Holmer’s excellent fiction … Continue reading

Review: All We Had, 2016, dir. Katie Holmes

Review: All We Had, 2016, dir. Katie Holmes


All We Had encompasses a very, very particular storytelling aesthetic that I find absolutely loathsome, in which the director, Katie Holmes (also its star), decides it’d be fun to soft-shoe life lived hand to mouth on the open road. It’s basically dress-up, except she’s dressing up like a really poor person. I’d rather not say … Continue reading

Review: Always Shine, 2016, dir. Sophia Takal

Review: Always Shine, 2016, dir. Sophia Takal


I liked Sophia Takal’s sophomore film so much that I wrote about it twice: Once for Independent Film Festival Boston, once at the beginning of this here December month. (Both times for Paste Magazine, because surprise.) If you’ve already seen the film, well, no harm in reading my thoughts. If you haven’t, see it, then think … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2016

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2016


In this edition of Paste Magazine’s Criterion haul: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, that bizarre Marlon Brando Western One-Eyed Jacks, and the Lone Wolf and Cub chanbara series, which is just awesome. (Fun aside: Watch Moana and see if you can spot the way that Lone Wolf and Cub influences its story!).

Review: Lion, 2016, dir. Garth Davis

Review: Lion, 2016, dir. Garth Davis


I found the experience of Lion frustrating, but it took me time to understand the depths of my frustration. The film works for about an hour, its first hour, where young Saroo Brierly winds up lost in Calcutta, a place where he knows neither a soul nor a word of the language spoken; the terror he … Continue reading