Posted in November 2017

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance


  There is a part of me that loves Coco, the new Pixar film, for Coco, and a part of me that loves it for essentially being a big ol’ “eff you” to our president and his openly xenophobic, anti-immigrant ideology, which isn’t really an “ideology,” because let’s face it, Donald is not an ideological kind of … Continue reading

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?


Simple answer to the question posed by the title of my latest piece at The Hollywood Reporter: Yes. Yes it does. Luc Besson’s latest and underloved summer CGI extravaganza, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has its flaws, most of them being tied to Dane DeHaan’s ill fit as the cocky action hero type, … Continue reading

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe


I went into Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo with a healthy amount of trepidation, expecting nothing more than a linear history lesson about the state of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017. My expectations weren’t met. The film is a history lesson, that’s for sure, but it keeps the lesson active, primarily rooted in McCabe’s footage … Continue reading

Ichi the Killer Doesn’t Need Your 4K

Ichi the Killer Doesn’t Need Your 4K


And now, for the second time this year, I’ll link to that old piece I wrote about Ichi the Killer back when this blog was in its fledgling days (and literally everything I wrote, I wrote on these pages, as opposed to what I do now).  There’s a reason for the re-link: Ichi the Killer is back … Continue reading

Review: Bitch, 2017, dir. Marianna Palka

Review: Bitch, 2017, dir. Marianna Palka


Every so often, I watch a movie for review, I like it, and as much as I can articulate the things I like about it, I…can’t articulate a fucking thing about why I like it, or what it means on a cultural or even just a niche level. That’s my experience with Marianna Palka’s new film, Bitch, … Continue reading

Interview: Steven Yeun, Mayhem

Interview: Steven Yeun, Mayhem


I won’t lie to you, folks: I really enjoyed speaking to Steven Yeun, best known to most as Glenn on The Walking Dead, a show I gave up on a long, long time ago but bitterly missed because, among other things, Yeun is awesome. But fear not! He’s doing a-okay post-TWD, thanks to roles in movies … Continue reading

TV Review: The Girlfriend Experience

TV Review: The Girlfriend Experience


If you’re not already watching Starz’ The Girlfriend Experience, might I suggest you start now; now in its second season, the show has completely changed face by moving on from its season one arc, involving the great Riley Keough, to a dual-narrative that respectively involve Anna Friel and Louisa Krause, and Carmen Ejogo. It’s still a … Continue reading

Review: The Square, 2017, dir. Ruben Östlund

Review: The Square, 2017, dir. Ruben Östlund


It might not be obvious based on my interview with Ruben Östlund – I try to keep it professional – but I dug The Square. I dug it so much that I wrote a review about it to pair with the interview. No preamble. Just a link. It’s over at Paste Magazine. Do your thing.

TV Review: Alias Grace

TV Review: Alias Grace


Put me in the stocks and excoriate me in town square, because I am not a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale. But maybe don’t put me in the stocks, because a) we’re a somewhat civilized people in 2017, and also b) I loved Alias Grace, the other major slash high-profile Margaret Atwood television adaptation released this year. I am … Continue reading

Interview: Molly Smith Metzler, Elemeno Pea

Interview: Molly Smith Metzler, Elemeno Pea


And now, for my next trick, I’ll write about theater for WBUR’s The ARTery. I’m a multi-pronged freelancing threat over here.  I guess interviewing the playwright Molly Smith Metzler about the Boston Playwright Theater’s new production of her play Elemeno Pea isn’t a huge stretch for me; she served as the executive story editor for this … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, October 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, October 2017


If Criterion’s October slate was comprised primarily of shit alongside either The Lure or Barry Lyndon, it’d still be a pretty good slate. Incredibly, both of these films appeared on the slate with a handful of other great films, so basically if you missed out on October’s releases, you really missed out (and might I recommend you take … Continue reading

Interview: Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Interview: Sean Baker, The Florida Project


Speaking to a filmmaker for the second time about their work is always a strange-ish experience, one that I lived through earlier this year with Trey Edward Shults, but I’m not really going to complain about getting to chat up artists like Shults and Sean Baker twice. You might remember that I talked to Baker back … Continue reading