*Actually six! I should probably have this corrected. Then again, I like to surprise people, so opening up this piece to find six blurbs staring back at them should come as a nice reveal. Another note: Frankly, this could have gone to about ten. April, for whatever reason, is this year’s launching ground for a whole …
Speaking of clear biases: I am biased toward Penny Lane. What can I say? There’s a reason I chose to interview her for a second time, 3 years after interviewing her for her last film*, Nuts!, on behalf of her latest, Hail Satan?, out 04/19/19, expanding on 04/26/19, which means that if you’re in Boston, …
Andy becomes an authority on race car driving in the blink of an eye just by talking to Hurley Haywood and Patrick Dempsey. (Note: Andy is not by any means an authority on race car driving.)
One of the best oddball indies of 2019 to date, and one of the most daring, if not THE most daring, documentary of 2019 to date. Dig in.
This is “Us,” or: This is my piece on “Us.” This my piece on what happens when “Us” is given a second viewing and how the insanity and meaning packed into its ending fundamentally changes the experience of the film.
Andy tries to get an honest answer out of a filmmaker about the perils of casting a controversial figure in their movie, and he is sort of embarrassed for it.
Real talk: I wrote this piece just so I could use the phrase “jerkin’ your flerken.” Don’t act like you don’t adore me for it.
Oh no look out spoooooooilerrrrrrrrrrrrrs. (C’mon, like you didn’t see any of this coming.)
Happy “Captain Marvel” weekend! In the first of Andy’s *three pieces* about the new Marvel movie, an appreciation for Brie Larson and her fondness of baked goods and weight training, and how all of that hard work (and not hard work) reflects on the screen.
Another piece about “The Magicians”? Gosh, it’s almost like Andy really, really, really likes this show or something, and will not stop writing about it for as long as it’s on the air. It’s like if he could give “The Magicians” a hug, he would. Weird.
One of my favorite movies of 2019 goes right alongside a new Netflix original comedy straight from down under in February’s Women In Film Spotlight. In March.
In which I elaborate on the magical deliciousness of Irish horror, which isn’t quite magical and certainly isn’t delicious but is mostly just, uh…horrifying. And great. All of this courtesy of A24’s “The Hole in the Ground.”
I swear to the Criterion gods, one of these days we’ll get a Criterion round-up live in the month it’s intended for. Just not this month. Maybe not next month. But one of these days! Anyway, “To Sleep with Anger” is incredible.
Andy interviews an Argentine-born French filmmaker whose work he’s followed since 2002, and ends up looking kinda foolish but it all works out in the end.
“I’m one tough Gazookus / Which hates all Palookas / Wot ain’t on the up and square. / I biffs ’em and buffs ’em / And always out roughs ’em / But none of ’em gets nowhere.” Happy 90th, Popeye, you crusty ol’ salt.
A chat with one of the best actors out there about process, trust, and one of the most pervasive social and political issues of our day, that of America’s original sin.
Oh hey, another opportunity for Andy to go to bat for “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” one of 2018’s best films and without a doubt its best documentary.
Men are in the spotlight at this year’s Oscars, but not women, even though women directed the best movies of 2018 that happen to be specifically about men. Natch.