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Dear Lew: 03/20/2017

Dear Lew: 03/20/2017


Lew, You wrote back. I can’t believe you wrote me back. I’m sure anyone else peering in on our correspondences will think the five month gap between my last missive and your response is somewhat strange, but I don’t care; I’m just grateful you thought enough of me to say anything at all. Pardon me … Continue reading

The 10 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now (March 10th Edition)

The 10 Best Movies in Theaters Right Now (March 10th Edition)


We’re back with Paste Magazine’s routine and newly evergreen “10 best movies in theaters” feature! (Meaning: We’re going to update this sucker on a regular basis without remaking a new list every time the month changes over. Seems more efficient, yeah?) This round-up features, among other films, XX, Get Out, Kong: Skull Island, and of course Moonlight, which got … Continue reading

The 50 Best Movies of the 1940s

The 50 Best Movies of the 1940s


What’s that, you say? A list? Honestly, I kinda wish we’d been able to keep this sucker to 40 for synchronicity’s sake, but the 40s were a fertile period in cinema all over the world, in particular Japan, Italy, and America, so we had to bump the number out by 10. There are worse things.  Anyways: … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s Releases, February 2017

Best of Criterion’s Releases, February 2017


Instead of talking about the Oscars, let’s talk about The Criterion Collection’s excellent slate of February releases, including Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, which deserved at least a nomination in the Documentary category (but of course could never have gotten one, because it is not in any way an AMPAS film). For me, it’s all about Mildred Pierce, the … Continue reading

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix

The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix


It’s been a minute since I did any list-related work, so naturally when the chance arose for me to pitch in on Paste Magazine’s “25 Best Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix” feature, I jumped on it like a Republican jumps on civil liberties. (Zing!) Fair warning: “Best” is a relative term when your scope is narrowed … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s Releases, January 2017

Best of Criterion’s Releases, January 2017


New year, new Criterions! (New month, new Criterions, really, but shut up, indulged me.) January’s slate is, in a word, tight, featuring His Girl Friday and Something Wild. For me, the most important entry of the bunch is Black Girl, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote about it (though maybe a little because I wrote about … Continue reading

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Award Winners

OFCS Announces 20th Annual Award Winners


This is it, dudes and dudettes: My last “best of 2016” post, at least I think it is, because who knows, I could have written a thing or three for other lists that I’ve just plum forgotten about.  Anywho, what the title says. The Online Film Critics Society has announced the winners of its 2016 … Continue reading

BOFCA 2016 Year-End Top Ten Podcast

BOFCA 2016 Year-End Top Ten Podcast


Funny fact/fun fact: The Boston Online Film Critic Association‘s year-end top ten podcast lasts about as long as most of the films on the actual top ten itself, so you can either listen to the podcast, or you can go watch one of those films. Or you could listen to the podcast and watch all … Continue reading

Paste’s 29 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017

Paste’s 29 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2017


A couple years back, I wrote a review of Justin Simien’s awesome feature debut, Dear White People, and assholes on the Internet decided that the best response to a film so named was to drop a bunch of racist-as-fuck comments in the comments section, without really reading the review (or seeing the movie, obviously). My editor … Continue reading

Movie Mezzanine’s Year In Film, Superlatives

Movie Mezzanine’s Year In Film, Superlatives


Nobody ever gets sick of list-writing exercises or year-end reminiscences, so here’s a double dose from Movie Mezzanine, where I wrote about the 2016 film that’s most likely to inspire future filmmakers (Moonlight), and my favorite older discovery made during the year, The Executioner.

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016


I can’t stop writing about year-end stuff! And there’s more year-end stuff to come! Unsatisfied with writing about the performances I wrote about for that other “best performances” feature, I decided to write about five more performances for Paste Magazine’s own “best performances” feature. I I think I totally crushed it. You tell me.  

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016


…hey, how about that, another year end list, whaddya know. 2016 is a big documentary year, as in “there are a lot of great documentaries that came out this year.” I wrote about Ava DuVernay’s 13th, and Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, two fundamentally unalike films that remain among the year’s best documentary offerings, for The Playlist.