Posted in March 2018

Review: Pet Names, 2018, dir. Carol Brandt

Review: Pet Names, 2018, dir. Carol Brandt


If you don’t listen closely enough, you might miss the quiet explanation for Pet Names‘ title, but that’s okay: You’re almost guaranteed to catch it. Pet Names is a tiny movie about tiny problems, but it’s beautifully made and completely engrossing; I can’t imagine anyone with a taste for this kind of cinema, character-driven, relationship-driven, unfussed and … Continue reading

“Renew Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Bust!”

“Renew Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Bust!”


I started reviewing Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Paste Magazine way back in the day, about four years ago in fact, so if anyone is going to write an editorial about Fox’s jaw-dropping failure to renew the series for a sixth season it’s going to be me. Which is basically a convoluted way of saying that I wrote an … Continue reading

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in March

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in March


Talk about timely (especially after last month’s very delayed publication of this column)! My latest spotlight on films by women is available for stuffing into your eyeballs over at Paste Magazine, featuring the mixed-bag A Wrinkle in Time (decent, not great, but definitely an influencer); the very good Oh Lucy!, a Japanese dramedy starring Shinobu Terajima, featuring Josh … Continue reading

Don’t Leave Home review

Don’t Leave Home review


There’s probably a rule in journalism that one should not assign agency to their subjects, as in: I bet the issues I have with Michael Tully’s Don’t Leave Home boil down to confidence. I mean, that might be true, for all I know; the parts of the film that threw me out of the narrative feel like the … Continue reading

“How ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Refuses to Conform”

“How ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Refuses to Conform”


Recently, I took it upon myself as a journalist, a critic, and a writer to re-read A Wrinkle in Time, the ol’ Madeleine L’Engle book, in preparation for A Wrinkle in Time, the new Ava DuVernay adaptation. (I actually covered the story years back, when Disney hired Jennifer Lee to write it, so I’ve been procrastinating on … Continue reading

“North Shore Breweries”

“North Shore Breweries”


Reminder: Every now and again, I write about craft beer. Mea culpa: My two most recent articles about craft beer have been in print, so you haven’t been able to read them. (This does not apply to local folks who read North Shore Magazine. I think.) Being in print is a great treat, so I guess … Continue reading