“The Best Documentaries of 2018 (So Far)”

“The Best Documentaries of 2018 (So Far)”


Oh, hey, shocker, I happily wrote capsule blurbs for Hale County This Morning, This Evening and Crime + Punishment for Paste Magazine‘s “best docs of ’18 to date” list, man, bet you’re all real fucking surprised about that.  I don’t know what else you want me to say. They’re great movies. Hale County This Morning, This Evening in particular … Continue reading

Review: American Animals, 2018, dir. Bart Layton

Review: American Animals, 2018, dir. Bart Layton


Days after my review of Bart Layton’s American Animals published at Paste Magazine, I’m starting to wonder if I had problems with the film based on what I thought it should be rather than what it actually is.  Yeah, yeah: Sounds like a bunch of hand-wringing movie critic anxiety over nothing. American Animals tells the story of four … Continue reading

“Lillie Mae: Music In Her Blood”

“Lillie Mae: Music In Her Blood”


Boston Calling isn’t over yet! I mean: It is. But I still have coverage to share, so it sort of isn’t? Anyway, I wrote a profile of the very great, super talented Lillie Mae Rische for Paste Magazine after chatting with her about how life’s treated her since releasing Forever and Then Some in 2017, her … Continue reading

“Boston Calling Wrap-Up”

“Boston Calling Wrap-Up”


Well, I did it. I survived my first Boston Calling, which is my first music festival (covered as a member of the press), and also the second festival I’ve covered this year (of three festivals total, the third one being a beer fest coming up this July).  There’s a lot to say about Boston Calling, … Continue reading

“What ‘Solo’ Should Have Kept in the Past”

“What ‘Solo’ Should Have Kept in the Past”


You’ve probably read this blog for long enough that you know well my distaste for prequels that senselessly construct backstory for elements of narrative that don’t actually demand a fucking backstory. So if you’ve seen Solo: A Star Wars Story, you can probably guess that I hated, hated, hated the script’s decision to tell us how, exactly, … Continue reading

“The Guy Who Plays Chewbacca Reveals What It’s Like To Live As A Wookie”

“The Guy Who Plays Chewbacca Reveals What It’s Like To Live As A Wookie”


Rawwrrarrrgg, grrghghgggg, ggwwwghh, aaararrrgwwwh, wwwwwwwgggghhhrrrw. Translated from Shyriiwook, that roughly comes out to, “For Thrillist, I had a conversation with Joonas Suotamo, the delightfully Finnish actor who plays Chewbacca in Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi about how gosh darn hot it gets in that Wookie suit.” I hope that helps! (And please … Continue reading

Review: Summer 1993, 2018, dir. Carla Simón

Review: Summer 1993, 2018, dir. Carla Simón


I remember dealing with a lot of bullshit and nonsense growing up as a child, from emotional growing pains to literal growing pains, but at least I didn’t have to live with the specter of AIDS hanging over me, which the protagonist of Carla Simón’s superb feature debut, Summer 1993, does. The film is startlingly lovely considering … Continue reading

“Boston Calling Preview”

“Boston Calling Preview”


So: I’m writing about music now, too. Don’t give me that look. I know you ostensibly “visit my blog” to “read about movies and television,” and that “my brand is all over the fucking place,” but the reality is this: Freelancing about the movies is great, but really hard, because every asshole who’s sat through a … Continue reading

“The 100 Best Comedies of All Time”

“The 100 Best Comedies of All Time”


Good morning! It’s Wednesday, so please, have another “100 best” list. This time: It’s hilarious. Comedy being the most subjective genre, I have a bunch of personal ordering gripes here, most of them being “nothing ranked after What’s Up, Doc? is actually fucking funnier than What’s Up, Doc?, especially all of the movies made in the last five … Continue reading

Review: Beast, 2018, dir. Michael Pearce

Review: Beast, 2018, dir. Michael Pearce


I’m wondering if Michael Pearce’s very good Beast is dropping at an inopportune cultural moment; we’re talking a lot about why kids shoot up schools, and there’s a percentage of nimrods trotting out usual excuses like “they were bullied” and “they watch too much violent media.” Beast isn’t quite about either of those, and it’s not about … Continue reading

“The World-Burning Of Michael B. Jordan”

“The World-Burning Of Michael B. Jordan”


Michael B. Jordan, right? What an actor. What a fire starter, too. The guy loves burning shit. It’s almost his bread and butter, at least in 2018, where his two biggest roles play literally and metaphorically with fire (and sometimes both). See: Black Panther and Fahrenheit 451. (Actually see Black Panther, too. Don’t just consider it as evidence. … Continue reading

Review: Let the Sunshine In, 2018, dir. Claire Denis

Review: Let the Sunshine In, 2018, dir. Claire Denis


For a movie with such a cheery, upbeat title, Let the Sunshine In is determinedly melancholic. Check the director’s name and that makes sense: Claire Denis doesn’t really make straightforwardly upbeat movies, from Trouble Every Day to White Material, so naturally she’d make a romantic comedy dripping in sadness. But it’s a good kind of sadness founded on a real … Continue reading