Friday, December 04, 2020

'Your Honor' Review

Bryan Cranston is back in a new limited series over at Showtime. It's a moral drama about a good man who breaks bad. Who could have imagined such a thing playing out? For MEL, I reviewed Your Honor.

Buddy Guy - "Baby Please Don't Leave Me"

I couldn't believe I'd never featured this absolute monster on the site. Let 'er rip.

Thursday, December 03, 2020

'Red, White and Blue' Review

For years, John Boyega spun his wheels in the Star Wars films. If you want to see what he's capable of, check out the latest in the Small Axe anthology. For MEL, I reviewed Red, White and Blue.

'Let Them All Talk' Review

Steven Soderbergh takes to the high seas for Let Them All Talk, which follows three old friends (Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen and Dianne Wiest) as they reunite and pick at old scabs. My review is up at Screen International.

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

'Nomadland' Review

At the start of Nomadland, I actually wondered if Frances McDormand was playing herself. I realized I was mistaken pretty quickly, but the notion stayed with me. For MEL, I wrote about a remarkable film and a remarkable performance.

My Interview With Hannah Olson, Director of 'Baby God'

Hannah Olson worked at Finding Your Roots, where she heard about a fertility doctor who impregnated his patients with his own sperm without their knowledge. Olson did some research and discovered there were actually several doctors who had done such a thing ... including Quincy Fortier, a fertility specialist out of Las Vegas who died more than a decade ago. And so she made Baby God, which interviews his biological children who weren't aware that he was their dad. 

For MEL, I had a very thoughtful conversation with Olson about sperm donation and women's healthcare. Hope you enjoy.

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Ma Rainey, Reggae and 'Stardust'

All three of this week's movies have a musical connection. Hope you enjoy our reviews of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Lovers Rock and that terrible David Bowie biopic.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Your John Candy Guide

Everybody loves Planes, Trains & Automobiles. But what should you watch next from the late comic? I put together a list for MEL.

IDFA 2020: 'Socks on Fire' Review

Bo McGuire has made a film about his dysfunctional family and his own personal journey as a gay artist. For Screen International, I reviewed Socks on Fire.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

What Should We Watch This Weekend?

Normally, Thanksgiving weekend gives you lots of new movie options. Not this year, so let me offer streaming recommendations for every audience. Hope you enjoy.

'Lovers Rock' Review

Welcome to the party. For MEL, I reviewed the one-big-night drama Lovers Rock.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Wynton Marsalis - "Where or When"

For reasons I can now no longer remember, the 1990 Wynton Marsalis album Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance came into my possession freshman year of college. Ladies and gentlemen, I listened to that album so much. Played into my melancholy, romantic view of myself back then. Glad I outgrew that time in my life. But the songs are still pretty.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Great Chess Movies

The Queen's Gambit
is all the rage on Netflix. For Vulture, we made a list of essential chess movies to get your rook on. (That is not an actual expression. I'm trying to make it a thing.) Check it out here.