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Review: The Tiger Hunter, 2017, dir. Lena Khan

Review: The Tiger Hunter, 2017, dir. Lena Khan


Casting people of colors in roles that demand they speak in regional accents they don’t have is insulting, but what if – what if – a movie directed by an Indian-American woman (Lena Khan!) cast an Indian-American actor (Danny Pudi!) as a guy from India and thus required him to adopt an Indian accent? I’m not sure … Continue reading

Review: High Fantasy, 2017, dir. Jenna Bass

Review: High Fantasy, 2017, dir. Jenna Bass


I think we’re going to see a lot of people making movies on iPhones, or I guess I should say a lot more people; it’s not like Sean Baker, the brilliant Sean Baker, he of Tangerine, and Starlet, and Prince of Broadway, is the first filmmaker to think of using a mobile device to shoot a movie, but I doubt … 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: 1%, 2017, dir. Stephen McCallum

Review: 1%, 2017, dir. Stephen McCallum


I suspect most will find 1% entertaining enough that my remote TIFF review of the film (so called because I reviewed the film in Boston and not on-location at TIFF) will strike some as maybe a little bit unfair or even a bit pretentious. Well…you’re wrong! It’s neither of these things. If anything, I’m just being … Continue reading

Review: Beach Rats, 2017, dir. Eliza Hittman

Review: Beach Rats, 2017, dir. Eliza Hittman


There’s a component of familiarity in Beach Rats, a movie about a young man performing heteronormative masculinity, but the familiarity is muffled by Eliza Hittman’s directing style; she’s one of a kind, and so is her movie, the first she’s made in the last few years after debuting with the superb It Felt Like Love.  Beach Rats … Continue reading

Review: Lemon, 2017, dir. Janicza Bravo

Review: Lemon, 2017, dir. Janicza Bravo


Here it is, at long last (that is, if you think six months qualifies as “long”): My review of Janicza Bravo’s excellent debut feature film, Lemon, a chronicle of defective but self-aggrandizing whiteness, starring Bravo’s husband Brett Gelman (also serving here as co-writer; they’re a real team).  There are reasons and then some why I like … Continue reading

TV Review: Get Shorty

TV Review: Get Shorty


There’s an internal debate raging in the pop culture center of my brain as to whether Epix’s new show, Get Shorty, is actually as good as I think it is, based on its existence as the second adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel (the first being, of course, 1995’s Get Shorty); I’m still mulling over whether it’s … Continue reading

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada

Review: Columbus, 2017, dir. Kogonada


I missed Columbus at this year’s Independent Film Festival Boston, so of course I was thrilled to catch up with it for its theatrical release. I was even more thrilled to find that it’s lovely, poetic, and just plain old great. At a glance, I expected the film to follow along expected plot lines, but I … Continue reading

Bingeworthy Breakdown: Comrade Detective

Bingeworthy Breakdown: Comrade Detective


Trust me: I really wanted to love Comrade Detective. I’m fond of most of the people involved, and if I’m naturally inclined to consider the basic conceit of dubbing comic vocal tracks over material that is not at all innately comic, I’m okay with it on the off chance that the people doing it nail the … Continue reading