The Playlist’s Best Movies Of 2017

The Playlist’s Best Movies Of 2017


I’m not in the habit of bagging on the people I write for, and I don’t mean to do so here. That said, I wrote about Phantom Thread for The Playlist’s year-end best-of list, and of course I think it deserves to be higher than #18. At the very least it shouldn’t come before The Big Sick, … Continue reading

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017

Best of Criterion’s New Releases, November 2017


Hey, hey! Another month, another monthly Criterion round-up for Paste Magazine. Disclosure: We couldn’t get a blurb together for Desert Hearts, which is too bad – it’s a pretty important landmark in queer cinema – but hey, we’re not perfect. (Still: Sorry!) We got blurbs for everything else, though, including my words on Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, which … Continue reading

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017

The 15 Best Documentaries of 2017


I’ll admit that documentaries aren’t necessarily my jam – it’s not that I don’t like them, it’s that the way I’m wired I tend to find more truth in fiction than in fact – but I’m happy to watch them, and happier still when they strike me the way that narrative featuresp do. So here … Continue reading

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance

Why ‘Coco’ Feels Like an Act of Defiance


  There is a part of me that loves Coco, the new Pixar film, for Coco, and a part of me that loves it for essentially being a big ol’ “eff you” to our president and his openly xenophobic, anti-immigrant ideology, which isn’t really an “ideology,” because let’s face it, Donald is not an ideological kind of … Continue reading

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?

Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?


Simple answer to the question posed by the title of my latest piece at The Hollywood Reporter: Yes. Yes it does. Luc Besson’s latest and underloved summer CGI extravaganza, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has its flaws, most of them being tied to Dane DeHaan’s ill fit as the cocky action hero type, … Continue reading

Review: The Breadwinner, 2017, dir. Nora Twomey

Review: The Breadwinner, 2017, dir. Nora Twomey


I could do with a new Cartoon Saloon film every couple of years or so, ideally more often than that, but it’s animation, what are you gonna do; besides, the movies this studio knocks out are always worth the wait. Back in 2014, I reviewed Song of the Sea. This year, I reviewed The Breadwinner, a very … Continue reading