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Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe

Review: This Is Congo, 2017, dir. Daniel McCabe


I went into Daniel McCabe’s This Is Congo with a healthy amount of trepidation, expecting nothing more than a linear history lesson about the state of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2017. My expectations weren’t met. The film is a history lesson, that’s for sure, but it keeps the lesson active, primarily rooted in McCabe’s footage … Continue reading

TV Review: The Girlfriend Experience

TV Review: The Girlfriend Experience


If you’re not already watching Starz’ The Girlfriend Experience, might I suggest you start now; now in its second season, the show has completely changed face by moving on from its season one arc, involving the great Riley Keough, to a dual-narrative that respectively involve Anna Friel and Louisa Krause, and Carmen Ejogo. It’s still a … Continue reading

Review: The Square, 2017, dir. Ruben Östlund

Review: The Square, 2017, dir. Ruben Östlund


It might not be obvious based on my interview with Ruben Östlund – I try to keep it professional – but I dug The Square. I dug it so much that I wrote a review about it to pair with the interview. No preamble. Just a link. It’s over at Paste Magazine. Do your thing.

TV Review: Alias Grace

TV Review: Alias Grace


Put me in the stocks and excoriate me in town square, because I am not a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale. But maybe don’t put me in the stocks, because a) we’re a somewhat civilized people in 2017, and also b) I loved Alias Grace, the other major slash high-profile Margaret Atwood television adaptation released this year. I am … Continue reading

Review: 1922, 2017, dir. Zak Hilditch

Review: 1922, 2017, dir. Zak Hilditch


2017 has visited a flood of Stephen King adaptations upon us, most of them good (It! Gerald’s Game!), one of them less so (you can connect the dots from here!). Now we’ve got 1922 on our hands courtesy of those wacky non-advertising types over at Netflix. It’s good! It’s really good, in fact! It might be the … Continue reading

Review: Angels Wear White, 2017, dir. Vivian Qu

Review: Angels Wear White, 2017, dir. Vivian Qu


We turn to movies, more often than not, for escape and distraction, for the promise of having our woes assuaged, if only for a couple of hours, in the calming glow of the silver screen (whether in large or small formats). Occasionally, though, the movies deny us, as in Angels Wear White, the new film by … Continue reading

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