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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

Stay Frosty Oscars: My Half-Assed Academy Awards Predictions

Stay Frosty Oscars: My Half-Assed Academy Awards Predictions


Fair warning: I really didn’t want to write this piece, and I’m doing it out of misguided obligation. Maybe I’m whining, but cut me some slack; I’ve already written about the #OscarsSoWhite fracas, and also contributed a handful of yadda yaddas to Paste Magazine’s annual Oscar preview (though I spend most of my yaddas turning my nose up at the … Continue reading

Review: Hail, Caesar!, 2016, dir. Joel & Ethan Coen

Review: Hail, Caesar!, 2016, dir. Joel & Ethan Coen


Let’s get one thing outta the way: Hail, Caesar! is minor Coen brothers. It is not No Country For Old Men, though if we are using that as the yardstick separate “minor” Coens from “major” Coens, then nearly every film they have made since 2007 falls into the former category. You can instead lump Hail, Caesar! in with A Serious … Continue reading

Review: Skyfall, 2012, dir. Sam Mendes

Review: Skyfall, 2012, dir. Sam Mendes


Has the James Bond franchise come full circle? Are we now at a point where there are no more secrets to the world’s most famous globe-trotting, womanizing, martini-guzzling spy? By the time Sam Mendes directs Skyfall, his entry in the half-a-century-old series, to its logical conclusion, we’ve actually experienced cinema of regression, watching as the … Continue reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones, 2.2: The Night Lands

TV Review: Game of Thrones, 2.2: The Night Lands


Remember last week when I theorized that each episode of Game of Thrones‘ second season, following the pilot, would probably place more focus on a smaller number of characters? Seems like time’s proving me right. Maybe that’s not a boast exactly, since it’s just plain old logical, but expect this to be the routine with each … Continue reading

Review: Kill List, 2012, dir. Ben Wheatley

Review: Kill List, 2012, dir. Ben Wheatley


Kill List‘s very nature makes it an incredibly difficult film to review properly. In point of fact, it’s the sort of film in which any foreknowledge of its events beyond the barest of essentials nickel and dimes you, robbing you piece by piece of its overall impact. Trailers and posters only hint at its secrets, … Continue reading

Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, 2011, dir. Eli Craig

Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, 2011, dir. Eli Craig


Lightly populated, quiet, creepy woods in the South– littered with fallen trees just waiting for someone to impale themselves on them– naturally read as lairs for ravening hillbillies just waiting to crush, burn, melt, torture, suffocate, slice, dice, eat, or otherwise violently send unsuspecting young people (and other incidental victims) to an early passing. In … Continue reading

…And Your Next Franchise Is…

…And Your Next Franchise Is…


…a movie based on a book you may not have read yet and might not be aware of if not for rags like Entertainment Weekly enthusiastically jamming the upcoming film adaptation down your damn throat at every opportunity. I’m not bitter, really. Color me more perplexed. If you ask EW— or any other major media … Continue reading

A Life In Movies Blogathon

A Life In Movies Blogathon


For those who have read this blog for a while (or who have read it very thoroughly in a minute passage of time), my interest in defining films that are personal and unique to my individual identity and perspective as a cineaste should be well known from my (admittedly minimal) Movies That Matter series to … Continue reading

Review: Cedar Rapids, 2011, dir. Miguel Arteta

Review: Cedar Rapids, 2011, dir. Miguel Arteta


Ed Helms’ career is defined by a relegation to supporting roles and a specific casting type– whether intentional or otherwise– that does not on its own merits suggest leading man potential. Unless the film in question features a leading man that plays perfectly to that type, which Tim Lippe, insurance salesman and poster child for … Continue reading

Review: Get Low, 2010, dir. Aaron Schneider


There’s a moment early on in Aaron Schneider’s Get Low in which our hero, Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), promotes his living funeral through live radio broadcast to local townsfolk and all those residing in the adjoining counties. Asked by the operator how he’s doing, Bush responds in his uniquely short and gruff manner, “I am”; … Continue reading

Review: Junebug, 2005, dir. Phil Morrison


Near the end of Junebug, audience surrogate Madeleine sits with Eugene, her father-in-law, and talks quietly and cautiously. She has only just met her husband’s (Alessandro Nivola) family, based in North Carolina, knowing very little about them and about him. Speaking about her mother-in-law, Peg, she muses, “She’s a very strong personality.” Eugene responds with … Continue reading

Fandango Groovers: Desert Island DVDs


I wake up disoriented and dazed; I open my eyes, and I can hardly see through an aggressive sheen of bright light. As my vision adjusts, I find myself on a white, sandy shore as I stare across water so blue as to be otherworldly. Wind flutters through my hair. The sun beats down on … Continue reading

The Cinematic Decade: My Top 25 of the 2000s (pt 5)


Coming down the home stretch of this series. For those just tuning in: Part one, part two, part three, and part four for your reading pleasure. 5. Knocked Up: Ben is a lovable stoner loser with no direction or genuine ambition; Alison is a career-oriented young woman who recently received an on-air promotion at E! … Continue reading

The Hurt Locker, 2009, dir. Katherine Bigelow


2009’s sucker-punching Iraq war military drama, The Hurt Locker, is a tense and episodic film, and perhaps one of the most individual war movies ever made. In any examination of war, politics almost inevitably find a way to trickle down into the story’s bloodstream and flood it with its ideological leanings and proclivities. What makes … Continue reading