Posted in April 2018

“Can Anyone Really Escape Westworld?”

“Can Anyone Really Escape Westworld?”


…but really, can anyone escape Westworld? No. Not in the least. Even if you do not watch Westworld, it’s everywhere in your feeds and in your grill, so basically you’re stuck with it until it goes off the air (and even then, people still talk about it). But that’s okay! Westworld is great in the way that all dark prestige … Continue reading

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in April

Films by Women: Five Movies to Watch in April


April is such a good month for movies directed by women* that this month, for Paste Magazine‘s Films By Women spotlight, we used three in-theaters movies and only two at-home movies to round out the list. Pretty neat! And those in-theater movies are pretty great, being Zama, Blockers, and You Were Never Really Here, which you already know my … Continue reading

Review: Kings, 2018, dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Review: Kings, 2018, dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven


I don’t know of a more elegant way to say this, guys: Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s new movie suuuuuuuuuucks. It gives me literally zero pleasure to call Kings, her interpretation of the events leading into and surrounding the 1992 L.A. riots that erupted after the acquittal of the officers guilty of beating Rodney King, one of the worst … Continue reading

“Finding The Tragedy in The Absurd: Talking Emir Kusturica’s ‘Arizona Dream’ and ‘Underground’”

“Finding The Tragedy in The Absurd: Talking Emir Kusturica’s ‘Arizona Dream’ and ‘Underground’”


A few weeks ago, thereabouts, my good buddy Oktay Ege Kozak and I sat down to record a new episode of The Playlist‘s Over/Under Podcast to talk about Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica and his bizarre-ass movies. To avoid pigeonholing the second of these two movies, Underground: Underground isn’t anywhere near as bizarre as Arizona Dream, the first of these … Continue reading

Review: Wildling, 2018, dir. Fritz Böhm

Review: Wildling, 2018, dir. Fritz Böhm


A little bit of inside Crump info™: I tend to rate on the lower side than the higher side for more movies than not (with certain recent exceptions). The reason for this tendency is none other than Rotten Fucking Tomatoes, one of my least favorite things to happen to film criticism since Cole Smithey, the … Continue reading

Review: First Match, 2018, dir. Olivia Newman

Review: First Match, 2018, dir. Olivia Newman


In its own modest, tasteful way, Olivia Newman’s First Match is a harsh watch, a movie loaded with social and political (and sociopolitical) messages that shouldn’t feel modern but do anyways. That’s 2018 for you. We’re still that country. The film leaves no trace of whiteness and makes no mention of whiteness (at least that I recall), … Continue reading