Tagged with 2016 Films

Review: The Red Turtle, 2017, dir.  Michaël Dudok de Wit

Review: The Red Turtle, 2017, dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit


Surprise: Studio Ghibli made a beautiful movie. Once you’re done collecting your jaw from the floor, you can click this link and zip over to The Playlist and read the review I wrote about Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a movie so lovely, minimalist, and thoughtful that it may assuage whatever sociopolitical anxieties you’re wrestling … Continue reading

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”


Last October, I was given the opportunity to have a sit-down with Patrick Ness, author (ish) of the low fantasy, young adult novel A Monster Calls, and to talk with him about the experience of adapting his own novel (ish) from page to screen. (“Ish” meaning: Ness was contracted to write it, but author Siobhan Dowd, who … Continue reading

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016

Paste Magazine’s 20 Best Performances Of 2016


I can’t stop writing about year-end stuff! And there’s more year-end stuff to come! Unsatisfied with writing about the performances I wrote about for that other “best performances” feature, I decided to write about five more performances for Paste Magazine’s own “best performances” feature. I I think I totally crushed it. You tell me.  

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016

The Playlist’s 22 Best Documentaries Of 2016


…hey, how about that, another year end list, whaddya know. 2016 is a big documentary year, as in “there are a lot of great documentaries that came out this year.” I wrote about Ava DuVernay’s 13th, and Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, two fundamentally unalike films that remain among the year’s best documentary offerings, for The Playlist.  

Review: Silence, 2016, dir. Martin Scorsese

Review: Silence, 2016, dir. Martin Scorsese


I ranked Silence in the #4 position on my BOFCA ballot this year, so naturally my review of the film has pretty high praise for it. You’ll hear a lot about the film in the coming weeks, much of which will, I’m certain, be bent around matters of representation; the questions raised in those conversations are … Continue reading

Review: Neruda, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín

Review: Neruda, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín


When did Pablo Larraín become one of cinema’s hardest working people? The guy has two movies in theaters right now, and they’re just the second and third movies of his that have graced screens in 2016. The Club is probably the best of the bunch, but I liked his latest, Neruda, a sort-of biopic about Pablo … Continue reading

Review: All We Had, 2016, dir. Katie Holmes

Review: All We Had, 2016, dir. Katie Holmes


All We Had encompasses a very, very particular storytelling aesthetic that I find absolutely loathsome, in which the director, Katie Holmes (also its star), decides it’d be fun to soft-shoe life lived hand to mouth on the open road. It’s basically dress-up, except she’s dressing up like a really poor person. I’d rather not say … Continue reading

Review: Always Shine, 2016, dir. Sophia Takal

Review: Always Shine, 2016, dir. Sophia Takal


I liked Sophia Takal’s sophomore film so much that I wrote about it twice: Once for Independent Film Festival Boston, once at the beginning of this here December month. (Both times for Paste Magazine, because surprise.) If you’ve already seen the film, well, no harm in reading my thoughts. If you haven’t, see it, then think … Continue reading

Review: Lion, 2016, dir. Garth Davis

Review: Lion, 2016, dir. Garth Davis


I found the experience of Lion frustrating, but it took me time to understand the depths of my frustration. The film works for about an hour, its first hour, where young Saroo Brierly winds up lost in Calcutta, a place where he knows neither a soul nor a word of the language spoken; the terror he … Continue reading