Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tribeca 2018: 'O.G.' Review

Jeffrey Wright is great in O.G., a prison drama that was filmed in an actual prison and stars real-life prisoners. The behind-the-scenes story proves more interesting than the one in front of the camera, though. My review is up at Screen International.

Tribeca 2018: 'Jellyfish' Review

It would have been easier to love Jellyfish, a spare British drama, if it had been just a tad bit more original. Alas, this well-acted and thoughtful film about a young woman fighting to keep her family financially afloat was just too familiar for my taste. My review is up at Screen International.

Some Thoughts on 'Super Troopers 2'

Why do we hold stoner comedies to a different standard than other movies? What happens if men take female sexual enhancement pills? Why do movies think gag reels are a good idea? These were some of the questions that popped into my head while watching Super Troopers 2. I wrote about all that, and more, for MEL.

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Pharcyde - "Passin' Me By"

Damn, I still need to read my buddy Andrew Barker's book about Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

'I Feel Pretty' Review

Amy Schumer has been struggling of late. Snatched wasn't funny, her most recent season of Inside Amy Schumer was a disappointment, and I thought her Netflix special stunk. So I am relieved that her new film, I Feel Pretty, is pretty decent. Still, I had some major issues with this comedy, which I talk about over at Screen International.

My Interview With Chloe Zhao, the Director of 'The Rider'

For MEL, I chatted with writer-director Chloe Zhao, who's received excellent reviews for The Rider. We talked about masculinity, horses, rodeos, CTE and dating. You can read our Q&A right here.

Who Was the Best Superman Actor?

Will and I rank the top five over at SyFy.

My Interview With the Directors of 'I Am Evidence'

For MEL, I spoke with documentarians Geeta Gandbhir and Trish Adlesic about their film I Am Evidence, which examines the fact that, across the country, hundreds of thousands of rape kits are not being tested. As a result, serial rapists are free to continue hurting people without fear of prosecution. But as the movie demonstrates, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to America's shameful treatment of sexual assault victims. My interview is here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: The Rock, The Android, 'The Rider' and 'Borg vs McEnroe'

We tackle five movies on this week's podcast. Will and I both review Rampage and Come Sunday. I go solo on The Rider and Borg vs McEnroe. And then, in our Reboot section, we look back at A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Oh, and I also go off on Netflix. You can hear the whole thing down below.

Monday, April 16, 2018

F. Murray Abraham Remembers Milos Forman

My job can be unpredictable. The sad passing of Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman caused me to unexpectedly be on the phone with the great F. Murray Abraham, who won Best Actor for Amadeus, to talk about the director and their time together. Abraham was in a thoughtful, melancholy mood when we spoke last night. He was generous with his time and full of stories. I was sorry for the reason for our talk, but I greatly enjoyed the opportunity. Abraham's reminiscence is up at Rolling Stone.

Some Thoughts on 'Rampage'

Why is Rampage's best sequence its opening? Was the old Rampage video game any good? Why do we love Dwayne Johnson but continue to tolerate his mediocre movies? I answer those questions, and others, over at MEL.

Friday, April 13, 2018

'Truth or Dare' Review

How, exactly, did I forget to post my review of Truth or Dare? Was the movie so forgettable? Well ... yeah, actually. But if you're interested, it's live over at Screen International.

Geowulf - "Saltwater"

Because we live in an era when musicians make nothing on album sales and have to tour like dogs to eke out an existence, landing a song in a commercial is huge. The old rules of "selling out" no longer apply. And, on occasion, you get turned onto a pleasant little piece of pop you would have missed out on otherwise.

So, thanks, Corona, for introducing me to Geowulf. Is it summer yet?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Who Played Lex Luthor Best?

This week's Debate Club tries to answer that question. Our findings are over at SyFy.

Is Shia LaBeouf Due for a Comeback?

Stop it. Stop asking dumb questions like that. I think LaBeouf, who's in the new tennis film Borg vs McEnroe, can be a really good actor. I like the guy. But, seriously, what is our obsession with comeback narratives? I wrote about that for MEL.