TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.06

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.06


…man, I don’t even know with this Taboo show anymore, guys! I’m riding a fucking roller coaster here! The frosted side of me is in love with its unapologetic, bizarre narrative course as well as its aesthetic, which borrows as much from Game of Thrones and Deadwood as it does Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. … Continue reading

Review: Anatahan, 1953, dir. Josef von Sternberg

Review: Anatahan, 1953, dir. Josef von Sternberg


There are two primary reasons to see Josef von Sternberg’s <i>Anatahan</i>. The first is that it’s a rarity, the final film in Sternberg’s solo directing career before co-directing <i>Jet Pilot</i> in 1957 with Fred Fleck. <i>Anatahan</i> is a picture obscured by the passage of time and by its own financial failure, a box office stumble … 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

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.05

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.05


This week on Taboo: Andy can’t take it anymore, so he dives deep on the show’s lack of focus on its non-Tom Hardy people, especially its non-Tom Hardy people who are ladies. Maybe it’s Oona Chaplin’s lot in life to be cast as women caught under the heels of patriarchal violence, domination, and abuse; I don’t … Continue reading

Review: The Lego Batman Movie, 2017 dir. Chris McKay

Review: The Lego Batman Movie, 2017 dir. Chris McKay


I guess I’m not surprised, per se, that I enjoyed The Lego Batman Movie as much as I did; I liked The Lego Movie quite a lot, after all, and found Will Arnett’s Batman riff utterly hilarious. When The Lego Batman Movie was first announced, though, I wondered whether that riff could sustain a whole movie, and there it … Continue reading

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.04

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.04


I’m a big fan of weirdness and debauchery in my visual media, and when you mash them together, all the better. So it’s fair to say that Taboo is slowly but surely becoming more and more my jam as it leans more into its weirdness and its flagrant aristocratic indulgences. To wit: This week’s episode, where … 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

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.03

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.03


Alright! A quality episode of Taboo! After the stumbles taken in “Episode 2,” it’s nice to see the show get its footing back by actually telling a story instead of just checking off plot points. Plus, people who are not Tom Hardy are now getting more opportunity to strut their stuff, though Hardy is still the … Continue reading

Review: Detour, 2017, dir. Christopher Smith

Review: Detour, 2017, dir. Christopher Smith


I reviewed Christopher Smith’s Black Death on this very site six years ago, and so it was something of a pleasure to review his latest, Detour, even if I’m still murky on whether or not I think Detour is good. I liked it. I liked the film’s central gimmick, in which two narratives unfold representing the consequences of … Continue reading

Review: The Workers Cup, 2017, dir. Adam Sobel

Review: The Workers Cup, 2017, dir. Adam Sobel


I’m not at Sundance, but that doesn’t mean I can’t remotely cover Sundance from home! For The Playlist, I reviewed a pretty good documentary called The Workers Cup, about workers building the future stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and by “building” I mean “kinda being treated as subhuman by their employers in some truly fucked … Continue reading

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.02

TV Review: Taboo, Episode 1.02


Annnnnnd just like that, after Taboo‘s pilot episode, we see a steep drop-off in its palability. I wouldn’t call it “bad,” per se, but boy, it is way overstuffed; each time I thought I’d finished summing up the events of the second episode (titled, rather simply, “Episode 2”), I realized that I’d left something out. Plot, … Continue reading