Friday, August 23, 2019

Chance the Rapper (featuring Death Cab for Cutie) - "Do You Remember"

The more I listen to The Big Day, the more I wish Chance had just gone all in and named the album There's Nothing Wrong With Love. Also, collaborating with the kings of sappy, sincere indie-rock was a pretty sly indication that, as always, Chancelor Jonathan Bennett is one big, happy cornball. And more power to him.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cinema's Greatest Sharks

Summer's almost over, folks. But before you go to the beach one last time, remember: There are sharks out there. For SyFy, we paid tribute to some pretty terrific great whites.

'Angel Has Fallen' Review

Remember Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen? Well, Gerard Butler has made another one, called Angel Has Fallen. It is the best of the three. But, seriously, who cares? My review is up at Screen International.

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: 'Bernadette,' Bruce Springsteen and 'The Lost Boys'

On this week's episode, we mourn Where'd You Go, Bernadette and say some nice things about Blinded by the Light. And then I mostly make fun of The Lost Boys in our Reboot segment. Hear the whole thing down below.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

My Interview With Liza Mandelup, Director of 'Jawline'

One of the standouts at this year's Sundance was Jawline, a documentary about Austyn Tester, a 16-year-old seeking stardom on the internet by becoming a boy broadcaster. Funny, surreal, moving and fascinating, the film has stayed with me. For MEL, I talked to its maker, Liza Mandelup, who had a lot to say about the transactional relationship between live-broadcasters and their fans. You can read my interview here.

'Where’d You Go, Bernadette' Review

With so much going on, I realized I completely forgot to post my review of the disappointing recent collaboration between Richard Linklater and Cate Blanchett. For Screen International, I wrestled with the fascinating misfire Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

'The Righteous Gemstones' Review

Six episodes in, I'm only partly invested in where The Righteous Gemstones is going. For MEL, I wrote about a series that takes on televangelists without much bite.

Some Thoughts on 'Good Boys'

Much to my surprise, I enjoyed Good Boys. In fact, I found it downright touching. I wrote about that -- and "Spin the Bottle" and the MPAA ratings system -- for MEL.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Turnover - "Super Natural"

"If you like Real Estate, you should give Turnover a try," a friend advised me a couple years ago. He was right then, and he's right now.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Why I'm Mad Universal Pulled the Plug on 'The Hunt'

Grateful to the folks at Rolling Stone for asking me to sound off on the Hunt controversy. I had a lot to say.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

'Ready or Not' Review

Look, I get that Ready or Not is meant to be a dark, outrageous, tongue-in-cheek horror-comedy-thriller with a ludicrous premise. But that doesn't mean I have to like it. My review is up at Screen International.

My Interview With Mads Brugger, Director and Star of 'Cold Case Hammarskjold'

In 1961, a plane carrying U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld crashed, killing him and 15 others. "Pilot error" was the official cause, but some speculated that he'd been murdered. Decades later, filmmaker Mads Brügger (The Ambassador) decided he'd try to get to the bottom of the conspiracy theories. What he discovered was crazy. For MEL, I interviewed Brügger to talk about Cold Case Hammarskjöld. Hope you enjoy.