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“The Best Documentaries of 2018 (So Far)”

“The Best Documentaries of 2018 (So Far)”


Oh, hey, shocker, I happily wrote capsule blurbs for Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Crime + Punishment for Paste Magazine‘s “best docs of ’18 to date” list, man, bet you’re all real fucking surprised about that.  I don’t know what else you want me to say. They’re great movies. Hale County This Morning, This Evening in particular … Continue reading

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: 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

TV Review: Top of the Lake: China Girl

TV Review: Top of the Lake: China Girl


Oh, Top of the Lake: China Girl; I wish I liked you better.  The first season of Jane Campion’s SundanceTV series is phenomenal, make no mistake; also make no mistake that she should have left it at one season, assuming that her plan for following it up was always, well, this. Top of the Lake: China Girl … Continue reading

Review: Burning Sands, 2017, dir. Gerard McMurray

Review: Burning Sands, 2017, dir. Gerard McMurray


It’s a thing in the entertainment biz that if a movie about subject A is released into the pop cultural wilds, inevitably another movie about the same subject will be released shortly thereafter. To wit: Andrew Neel’s Goat opened in theaters last September, detailing the intimate particulars of fraternity hazing rituals and rites of initiation. It’s … Continue reading

Review: The Workers Cup, 2017, dir. Adam Sobel

Review: The Workers Cup, 2017, dir. Adam Sobel


I’m not at Sundance, but that doesn’t mean I can’t remotely cover Sundance from home! For The Playlist, I reviewed a pretty good documentary called The Workers Cup, about workers building the future stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and by “building” I mean “kinda being treated as subhuman by their employers in some truly fucked … Continue reading

My Most Anticipated Films For IFFBoston ’16

My Most Anticipated Films For IFFBoston ’16


If you have been tuning into this space for the last week and wondering why I have posted exactly zero new updates, it’s because I’ve been gallivanting around Bermuda since the 12th. But I’m back in Boston, and with eight days to spare before Independent Film Festival Boston’s 2016 rumpus, I’d say it’s about time … Continue reading