Posted in December 2017

Black Mirror Season 4 Review

Black Mirror Season 4 Review


Just in the nick of time: Here’s my review of Black Mirror‘s fourth season. In a word, it’s superb. In more words, well, hey now – you’re not getting my thoughts out of me that easily. In the real world, don’t have the kind of technology that lets you do that. If we lived in the Black Mirror-verse, maybe … Continue reading

Andy’s Best Things, 2017 Edition

Andy’s Best Things, 2017 Edition


As usual, as I do each year (each year, at least, since first creating this blog), and as you expect me to do, I have compiled my top ten list for 2017. Also as usual, that list includes five honorable mentions. Not at all as usual, I’ve generously expanded this annual enterprise to include two of … Continue reading

Review: Pitch Perfect 3, 2017, dir. Trish Sie

Review: Pitch Perfect 3, 2017, dir. Trish Sie


The Pitch Perfect series is, for the most part, delightful; it’s a cliché to say that the first movie in a trilogy is the best, but Pitch Perfect really is better than Pitch Perfect 2, which mostly entertains with more bumps in the road plus a handful of unnecessary detours. So I’m not surprised that Pitch Perfect 3 turned … Continue reading

The Most Destructive Man of “The Last Jedi”

The Most Destructive Man of “The Last Jedi”


Ho, ho, ho, here’s another friggin’ Star Wars article, this one about The Last Jedi‘s true menace, Poe Dameron, aka “the guy who keeps making bad decisions that get lots of Resistance members super-duper dead.” Spoiler! I guess! I hope you’ve seen the movie at this point, because if not I have way ruined it for you … Continue reading

The Reinvention of Luke Skywalker

The Reinvention of Luke Skywalker


I dawdled a bit posting this piece I wrote about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Luke Skywalker, mostly* because I’m lazy. (*Entirely because I’m lazy.) But that shouldn’t give you reason to think the piece isn’t important to me. It’s actually one of the most important things I’ve written all year in the sense that … Continue reading

The Playlist’s Best Movies Of 2017

The Playlist’s Best Movies Of 2017


I’m not in the habit of bagging on the people I write for, and I don’t mean to do so here. That said, I wrote about Phantom Thread for The Playlist’s year-end best-of list, and of course I think it deserves to be higher than #18. At the very least it shouldn’t come before The Big Sick, … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017


Hey, hey! Another month, another monthly Criterion round-up for Paste Magazine. Disclosure: We couldn’t get a blurb together for Desert Hearts, which is too bad – it’s a pretty important landmark in queer cinema – but hey, we’re not perfect. (Still: Sorry!) We got blurbs for everything else, though, including my words on Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, which … Continue reading

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017


I’ll admit that documentaries aren’t necessarily my jam – it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that the way I’m wired I tend to find more truth in fiction than in fact – but I’m happy to watch them, and happier still when they strike me the way that narrative featuresp do. So here … Continue reading