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

FILM REVIEWS

CARS 3 (2017)

Once, Pixar made a movie about talking cars, and it made a lot of money. So, they made another one. Now, they've made a third one.

FILM REVIEWS

I, DANIEL BLAKE (2016)

Heart-warming and soul-crushing in almost equal measures, Ken Loach's new film is a furious, funny, unfailingly humane masterpiece.

FILM REVIEWS

MIDDLE MAN (2017)

Existing at a curious nexus of buddy-comedy and crime-thriller, writer-director Ned Crowley's dark debut feature is uneven but promising.

FILM REVIEWS

IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017)

Trey Edward Shults both explores and exploits our fears of the unknown, in a stark, harrowing, disturbingly intimate horror film.

FILM REVIEWS

MY COUSIN RACHEL (2017)

Roger Michell's adaptation of du Maurier's novel is a stately exercise in indecision, and something of a cinematic Rorschach test.

FILM REVIEWS

MEGAN LEAVEY (2017)

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite and star Kate Mara bring remarkable restraint, sensitivity, and authenticity to a feel-good story about a soldier and her dog.

FILM REVIEWS

THE MUMMY (2017)

I don't expect The Mummy to be the worst movie I see all year, but it's a banal mediocrity that bodes ill for Universal's interconnected "monster" franchise.

FILM REVIEWS

DEAN (2017)

Comedian Demitri Martin's feature debut is not a completely insufferable movie, but it is a completely insubstantial one.

FILM REVIEWS

BUSTER'S MAL HEART (2017)

Sarah Adina Smith's ambitious second feature is a provocative, harrowing, and haunting film, if a slightly too-perfect vehicle for star Rami Malek.

FILM REVIEWS

CHURCHILL (2017)

Not since the Blitz has Winston Churchill been forced to suffer through this kind of bombing.

FILM REVIEWS

WONDER WOMAN (2017)

Rest easy, well-wishers—and suck it, haters—Wonder Woman is a major triumph.

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MY SUMMER OF SUMMER MOVIES

The Unaffiliated Critic—somewhat recklessly—announces his plan to see and review every single movie that opens between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

DOCTOR WHO

DOCTOR WHO 10×06: "EXTREMIS"

Steven Moffat's "Extremis" inspired some thoughts on River Song, death, and the problem of endings in Doctor Who.

FILM REVIEWS

ALIEN: COVENANT (2017)

Ridley Scott gives up on the incomprehensible mythology of Prometheus, and sadly embraces the uninspired misery of another Alien retread.

DOCTOR WHO

DOCTOR WHO 10×05: "OXYGEN"

"Doctor don't you call me, cause I can't go/ I owe my soul to the company store…" Workers of the world unite behind the Doctor in Peter Mathieson's "Oxygen."

DOCTOR WHO

DOCTOR WHO 10×04: "KNOCK KNOCK"

Delivering nothing, saying nothing, and meaning nothing, Mike Bartlett's "Knock Knock" is a forgettable and regrettable hour of Scooby Who.

DOCTOR WHO

DOCTOR WHO 10×02: "SMILE"

New companion Bill learns what it means to travel with the Doctor—and proves her mettle—in a strong second episode.

FILM REVIEWS

LIFE (2017)

Silly, soulless, and disappointingly executed, Life is an instantly forgettable B-movie dressed up—not very convincingly—to look like a serious production.