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

GAME OF THRONES 7X01 - DRAGONSTONE
GAME OF THRONES

GAME OF THRONES 7×01: "DRAGONSTONE"

In "Dragonstone," the Season Seven premiere of Game of Thrones, survival may depend on reconciling the sins of the past with the needs of the future.

13 MINUTES (2015)
FILM REVIEWS

13 MINUTES (2015)

Oliver Hirschbiegel's latest film is an imperfect but intriguing exploration of a forgotten resistance hero.

FILM REVIEWS

THE JOURNEY (2016)

Nick Hamm's painfully contrived, preposterous film reduces the complexities of the Irish Troubles down to an unconvincing marital spat.

Sally Hawkins in MAUDIE
FILM REVIEWS

MAUDIE (2016)

Like its subject—embodied in a fantastic performance by Sally Hawkins—Aisling Walsh's film finds joy and color in unexpected places.

DW10X12
DOCTOR WHO

DOCTOR WHO 10×12: "THE DOCTOR FALLS"

The tenth-season finale fails Pearl Mackie's Bill, but "The Doctor Falls" is a strong episode that sets Steven Moffat up to say his final word on Doctor Who.

FILM REVIEWS

DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017)

The latest entry in the animated franchise is crowded, uneven, and deeply silly. But it has enough cleverness, humor, and heart to make it worthwhile.

Jason Mantzoukas, Will Ferrell, and Amy Poehler in THE HOUSE
FILM REVIEWS

THE HOUSE (2017)

Great comedies pose important questions. So, coincidentally, does this one.

Tom Holland in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
FILM REVIEWS

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)

The iconic hero's introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is light to the point of flimsiness, sacrificing both narrative power and emotional depth.

The Ornithologist (2017)
FILM REVIEWS

THE ORNITHOLOGIST (2017)

João Pedro Rodrigues' beautiful but increasingly frustrating film is a slow descent into surreality and obscure religious metaphor.

Jai Courtney and Lily James in THE EXCEPTION
FILM REVIEWS

THE EXCEPTION (2017)

An unconvincing love story married to a silly spy thriller, David Leveaux's The Exception is a forgettable costume drama.

FILM REVIEWS

THE BEGUILED (2017)

Sophia Coppola's beautiful but shallow remake leaches all life out of a tale that once teemed with repressed emotion and kinky Southern Gothic melodrama.

FILM REVIEWS

THE BIG SICK (2017)

Based on the real experiences of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Michael Showalter's film is a smart, grounded comedy about funny people dealing with serious situations.

Ansel Elgort and Lily James in BABY DRIVER
FILM REVIEWS

BABY DRIVER (2017)

Edgar Wright has channeled his pop-music, pop-culture obsessions into the perfect summer movie.

BAND AID (2017), starring Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally
FILM REVIEWS

BAND AID (2017)

Zoe Lister-Jones' feature debut is a harmless enough ditty, but it's a little too shallow and slight to be a truly great love song.

Salma Hayek in BEATRIZ AT DINNER
FILM REVIEWS

BEATRIZ AT DINNER (2017)

A good director and an excellent cast can't quite rise above a script that lacks the sophistication, subtlety, and insight needed to do its premise justice.

Sam Elliott in THE HERO
FILM REVIEWS

THE HERO (2017)

It's only taken Sam Elliott 50 years to become an exciting new movie star.

FILM REVIEWS

ALL EYEZ ON ME (2017)

Reducing Tupac Shakur's legend to a series of sensationalistic incidents, All Eyez on Me is a denigrating takedown clothed as a tribute.

FILM REVIEWS

THE BOOK OF HENRY (2017)

Colin Trevorrow's new movie is horrible in unique, unfathomable, nearly unprecedented ways.

FILM REVIEWS

ROUGH NIGHT (2017)

Tired, tedious, and tame, Lucia Aniello's Rough Night (2017) lacks the courage of its pretended coarseness.

FILM REVIEWS

47 METERS DOWN (2017)

Johannes Roberts' murky, oxygen-deprived shark movie is dead in the water.