Elaine May, Alfred Hitchcock, Abbas “We Miss You” Kiarostami, and Norman Jewison’s unexpected tonic for “Green Book” make up the DNA of this month’s Criterion round-up.
A film about a starving boy scrapping by to survive in Beirut isn’t the kind of film anyone’s happy to criticize. On the flip side, if you make that movie and you don’t want to be criticized, make a better movie.
Brrr! Is it chilly in here, or is it just Mads Mikkelsen on a killing spree that’d put most slasher all-time body counts to shame? (It’s chilly in here. It’s January. But Mikkelsen still rocks.)
In the Baldwin novel, time is a motif, but in Jenkins’ adaptation, it’s a theme that spans his filmography all the way back to “Medicine for Melancholy.”
Touch me not as the corpses tan, while remembering all these small moments at Rust Creek with Mike and Nicky. (Translation: Here are some movies by women available in January.)
Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic(ians) content, you know! Never believe it’s not so (that characters on “The Magicians” have it rough)!
The big twist of M. Night Shyamalan’s capper to his homegrown superhero movie? It’s actually an obnoxiously self-satisfied deconstruction of superhero tropes.
Seven men. Six innocent. One guilty. One location. One night to sort it all out. One really long movie title. But hey, it gets the point across!
Terry Crews isn’t the star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but he’s pretty much the show’s heart and soul. And its muscle. And its fretting grandma.
Everyone knows that aging beer in oak barrels is a gateway to deliciousness. What they might not know is that if you do math and fractionally blend your barrel aged beers, “deliciousness” goes to a whole new level.
Of buffaloes, and boys, and western / martial arts revenge tropes. Also they have a grenade launcher. Take it from me, this one’s pretty wild.
2018 had pop stardom on its mind, but the best pop star movie of the year is the one that bothers being honest about how we talk pop culture in the first place.
You have questions about the ending of BIRD BOX. We have answers. (Actually, I have questions, and I have answers, plus residual anxiety that Netflix will green-light a totally unnecessary sequel to this thing.)
I generally avoid describing movies as “formulaic”*, except as a matter of fact; I neither consider formula a positive nor a negative. Formulas have their place. Good movies rely on formula. Bad movies rely on formula. Movies in between the two, the movies that comprise the majority of the bricks in the cinematic pyramid, also …
I watched just about every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie ever for this list, boys and girls and also adult men and women; you’re welcome. I did it, after all, for you, and also because yes, I like movies and specifically I like movies that have Arnold Schwarzenegger in them. (I’m not saying that Schwarzenegger movies are my lane; …
Hi. I’m late writing this up. I had other plans for ringing in 2019. Honestly, snowboarding and beer are only part of it. If I think about it for a second, I don’t really have a lot to say about 2018; I’m sans a unifying statement to reconcile all of the pop culture I digested …