Face/Off (1997)

FACE/OFF (1997)

We have met the enemy and he is me, as I use a MAGA conspiracy theory as an excuse to introduce Nakea to John Woo's preposterous action thriller.

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

As my Independent Study in World Cinema continues, I dive deep into Jean Renoir's tragicomic critique of French society on the eve of the Second World War.

Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia aims a crossbow in ANGEL

WEEK 7:
THE BEST SLAYED PLANS

In which I offer quick takes on stuff I've been watching (including Judas and the Black Messiah, Saint Maud, and Clarice), and explain at some length why I won't be writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer this year after all.

People rescuing Ralph Fiennes, who is buried in dirt, in the movie THE DIG

WEEK 6: BURIED

This week's blog/newsletter features some labored thoughts on the writing process, and quick takes on The Dig, Malcolm & Marie, The Little Things, I May Destroy You, and other things I've been watching.

OTHER RECENT POSTS

A Gray State (2017), directed by Erik Nelson
FILM REVIEWS

A GRAY STATE (2017)

Erik Nelson's new documentary is a near perfect distillation of homegrown American crazy, and a timely look at a dark undercurrent of American culture.

Brittany Ferrell in WHOSE STREETS
FILM REVIEWS

WHOSE STREETS? (2017)

Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis' infuriating and empowering new documentary about Ferguson is essential viewing for every American.

LOGAN LUCKY (2017)
FILM REVIEWS

LOGAN LUCKY (2017)

Steven Soderbergh is back—but have we really missed him?

GAME OF THRONES 7x06 - Beyond the Wall
GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 7×06: "BEYOND THE WALL"

"Beyond the Wall" might just be the dumbest episode of Game of Thrones ever, but there's good stuff here if we look beyond the contrivances.

GAME OF THRONES 7X05 - EASTWATCH
GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 7×05: "EASTWATCH"

"Eastwatch" is something of a table-setting episode, but it also looks at how fathers live in their children, for better or worse.

Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
BLOG

THE MIRROR OF CHARLOTTESVILLE

Some thoughts—from a white liberal, for white liberals—on Charlottesville, privilege, and the need to shift our fundamental understanding of our country.

ANNABELLE-CREATION (2017)
FILM REVIEWS

ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017)

Like the rest of its dishonorable and disposable ilk, Annabelle: Creation is just a fairly efficient machine for generating meaningless jump-scares.

Halle Berry in KIDNAP
FILM REVIEWS

KIDNAP (2017)

Luis Prieto's KIDNAP, starring Halle Berry, is a cheap and ugly grindhouse film for the soccer-mom set.

STEP (2017)
FILM REVIEWS

STEP (2017)

Amanda Lipitz's documentary is a rare and inspiring celebration of the love, beauty, and optimism of disadvantaged black communities.

Idris Elba in THE DARK TOWER
FILM REVIEWS

THE DARK TOWER (2017)

Nikolaj Arcel's quick and pointless adaptation of Stephen King's sprawling epic is a tepid, paint-by-numbers picture.

Nathan Davis Jr. in DETROIT (2017)
FILM REVIEWS

DETROIT (2017)

Simplistic, reductive, and perversely exculpatory, Kathryn Bigelow's DETROIT is well-executed torture-porn that irresponsibly exploits the destruction of black bodies.

Holly Hunter in STRANGE WEATHER (2016)
FILM REVIEWS

STRANGE WEATHER (2016)

Holly Hunter is always good, but Katherine Dieckmann's road-trip movie drives her down some frustratingly contrived roads.

THE EMOJI MOVIE
FILM REVIEWS

THE EMOJI MOVIE (2017)

I do not seem to have the appropriate catalog of symbols on my app to adequately express my feelings about The Emoji Movie.

Charlize Theron in ATOMIC BLONDE
FILM REVIEWS

ATOMIC BLONDE (2017)

Charlize Theron can do no wrong, but Atomic Blonde needed to either be a whole lot smarter, or a whole lot stupider, to be any fun at all.

The Bad Batch, The Little Hours, A Ghost Story, and Lady MacBeth
MOVIE LISTS & ROUNDUPS

THE BAD BATCH, THE LITTLE HOURS, A GHOST STORY, LADY MACBETH

In my attempt to see and review every new movie this summer, I've fallen a little behind. Here are shamefully quick takes on films that didn't get full reviews, including The Bad Batch, The Little Hours, A Ghost Story, and Lady Macbeth.

Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish in GIRLS TRIP
FILM REVIEWS

GIRLS TRIP (2017)

Funny, fearless, and full of genuine feeling, Girls Trip is the best American comedy of the summer.

Mark Rylance in DUNKIRK (2017)
FILM REVIEWS

DUNKIRK (2017)

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk masterfully captures a key moment of human triumph, but it is not a film that's remotely interested in human beings.