Category Archives: Movies

The Criterion Collection: the release of Something Wild (1961)

At long last, Something Wild, a nearly-unknown film from 1961, and a masterpiece, is available to purchase on Criterion. I was honored to be asked to write the essay, which is now up on Criterion’s site: Something Wild: Last Chances. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Carpenter

Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley, 1979 “An Elvis movie is always worth watching because of Elvis.” – Kurt Russell John Carpenter, director: In dealing with Elvis, I’m bringing a lot of my own feelings to it and how I feel … Continue reading

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Review: Ma (2017)

Ma is a fascinating and gorgeous-looking low-budget film (I think she funded a lot of it on Kickstarter) from dancer/choreographer/film-maker Celia Rowlson-Hall. Worth a look. Support smaller films. This is when people have nothing to lose and no choice but … Continue reading

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Review: Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017)

Premiering on HBO tomorrow. I won’t lie: this one HURTS to watch. Half the time, though, I was laughing through my tears. My review of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is now up at Rogerebert.com.

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Review: Hidden Figures (2016)

A slightly re-edited post of what I put up on Facebook. Wanted to share here too because I want people to know how GOOD this movie is, and to SEE it, and to PAY MONEY to see it because money … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: On Faulkner’s Tomorrow (1972), starring Robert Duvall

I wrote about the 1972 film Tomorrow, a Horton Foote adaptation of a William Faulkner story, starring Robert Duvall (same year as The Godfather) for Film Comment. It’s screening on TCM this month. Years ago, I remember my father talking … Continue reading

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December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2016

I look at this and I wonder why I always feel like I haven’t done jack-squat. Or, at the very least, I could do more. Well, I always can do more. Regardless, here are links to some of the things … Continue reading

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Review: 20th Century Women (2016)

I’ve seen it twice now. I think it’s amazing. I liked Beginners (Mills’ first film, about his father coming out of the closet at the age of 75: Christopher Plummer won the Oscar) – but 20th Century Women – about … Continue reading

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Review: Patriots Day (2016)

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg are on a roll. Earlier this year came Deepwater Horizon (which I really liked), and now comes Patriots Day, about the Boston marathon bombing. Two gigantic movies in one year. (They also did Lone Survivor … Continue reading

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