Posted in January 2018

Review: Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Review: Hale County This Morning, This Evening


I exhausted my brain writing about Hale County This Morning, This Evening for The Playlist, so I’m leaving this intro short. Basically: You really need to see this movie. You also need to see it on a big screen, which is something I rarely demand when recommending documentaries. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is fucking beautiful. It’s also … Continue reading

Review: Hostiles, 2017, dir. Scott Cooper

Review: Hostiles, 2017, dir. Scott Cooper


Poor Scott Cooper. This guy, he just can’t make a movie I’m capable of tolerating. I bet he’s pretty bummed. I hated Out of the Furnace; I also hated Black Mass, a movie I took personally as a Bostonian. (Seriously, someone make a fucking movie about Boston that doesn’t hinge on bad accents for once, please.) Cut … Continue reading

The Alienist Review

The Alienist Review


As with Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem, my fondness for TNT’s The Alienist is derived in part because I’m just into this kind of story: Gothic or Gothic-adjacent procedurals, where the protagonist(s) stare head-on into a darkness they’re ill-equipped to fathom due to the constraints of their era they live in. Not that anyone living in 2018 … Continue reading

Review: Crime + Punishment, 2018, dir. Stephen Maing

Review: Crime + Punishment, 2018, dir. Stephen Maing


My remote Sundance rampage continues! (Sundancepage?) From soul-crushing Greek arts farts to a documentary about police corruption in America, specifically police corruption in the NYPD, the largest police in the country. Crime + Punishment is tangentially about brutality, because how could it not be, but it’s primarily about quotas: How arrest quotas are still in play among … Continue reading

Review: Pity, 2018, dir. Babis Makridis

Review: Pity, 2018, dir. Babis Makridis


When we talk about modern Greek cinema, we’re guaranteed to talk about two filmmakers in particular, being Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari. (Aside: Tsangari is a much, much, better filmmaker than Lanthimos.) This is so true that even when we talk about other Greek filmmakers, like Babis Makridis, we’re still talking about Tsangari and Lanthimos, … Continue reading

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in January

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in January


New year, new feature. For context, I wrote a very long piece about my experiences completing the #52FilmsByWomen pledge in 2017; that piece didn’t pan out, being both too lumbering, too unfocused, and too performative for its own good. But there’s a positive outcome here, being this, a monthly feature for Paste Magazine, highlighting four to five … Continue reading

Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Movies Of 2017

Paste Magazine’s 50 Best Movies Of 2017


I’ll be upfront here: I really don’t agree with either the placement or inclusion of a big chunk of the movies included on Paste Magazine‘s 50 Best Movies Of 2017 list. (Notable entries: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I, Tonya, John Wick Chapter 2, It, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Blade Runner 2049, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Logan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer.) But that … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, December 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, December 2017


Happy New Year! Also: Happy Criterion Round-up! Election is nothing to sneeze at, but if you ask me, General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait is the film from The Criterion Collection’s December slate with the most contemporary significance. (It’s also really good. Keep that in mind. Even if Donald Trump wasn’t our fucking president, it’d still be … Continue reading