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Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017


Hey, hey! Another month, another monthly Criterion round-up for Paste Magazine. Disclosure: We couldn’t get a blurb together for Desert Hearts, which is too bad – it’s a pretty important landmark in queer cinema – but hey, we’re not perfect. (Still: Sorry!) We got blurbs for everything else, though, including my words on Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, which … Continue reading

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017


I’ll admit that documentaries aren’t necessarily my jam – it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that the way I’m wired I tend to find more truth in fiction than in fact – but I’m happy to watch them, and happier still when they strike me the way that narrative featuresp do. So here … Continue reading

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance


  There is a part of me that loves Coco, the new Pixar film, for Coco, and a part of me that loves it for essentially being a big ol’ “eff you” to our president and his openly xenophobic, anti-immigrant ideology, which isn’t really an “ideology,” because let’s face it, Donald is not an ideological kind of … Continue reading

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?


Simple answer to the question posed by the title of my latest piece at The Hollywood Reporter: Yes. Yes it does. Luc Besson’s latest and underloved summer CGI extravaganza, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has its flaws, most of them being tied to Dane DeHaan’s ill fit as the cocky action hero type, … Continue reading

Ichi the Killer Doesn’t Need Your 4K

Ichi the Killer Doesn’t Need Your 4K


And now, for the second time this year, I’ll link to that old piece I wrote about Ichi the Killer back when this blog was in its fledgling days (and literally everything I wrote, I wrote on these pages, as opposed to what I do now).  There’s a reason for the re-link: Ichi the Killer is back … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, October 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, October 2017


If Criterion’s October slate was comprised primarily of shit alongside either The Lure or Barry Lyndon, it’d still be a pretty good slate. Incredibly, both of these films appeared on the slate with a handful of other great films, so basically if you missed out on October’s releases, you really missed out (and might I recommend you take … Continue reading

The 25 Best Werewolf Movies of All Time

The 25 Best Werewolf Movies of All Time


Happy October! Here: Have a listicle about great werewolf movies, because in the grand assembly of all of horror’s sub-genres and niches, the werewolf picture is among the least celebrated for reasons I can’t possibly fathom. Werewolves are scarier than zombies! There! I said it! Zombie movies are really only as frightening as their human … Continue reading

Is the Slasher Movie Dying?

Is the Slasher Movie Dying?


Friday the 13th only rolls around so often; in the case of 2017, “so often” means “twice,” and we’ll stick to that pattern until Donald Trump (or, who knows, maybe Mike Pence) gets voted the fuck out of office. But how cool is it that our second Friday the 13th this year happens to fall … Continue reading

Humanity In Horror Movies

Humanity In Horror Movies


And just in time for the scariest month on the calendar (save for November during fucking election years): This new, shiny piece I’ve got up at The Hollywood Reporter (which, being a few days old, no longer quite qualifies as either “new” or “shiny,” but shaddup), about Mike Flanagan and his new film, Gerald’s Game. If you’re … Continue reading