Sunday, August 19, 2018

Some Thoughts on 'Mile 22'

Is snapping rubber bands a good way to slow down your brain?

Why haven't you heard of Iko Uwais?

And why does Mark Wahlberg keep casting himself as self-pitying heroes?

I answer those questions, and more, after watching Mile 22. It's over at MEL.

An Ode to 'Dogville'

Rolling Stone is launching a new series called Revisiting Hours: "Every Friday, we’re recommending an older movie that’s available to stream or download and worth seeing again through the lens of our current moment."

I was very honored to kick off the series. Not surprisingly, I went with Dogville, which I haven't seen in its entirety in 14 years. I had a lot to write about, which you can read here.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin - "Wholy Holy"

A few years ago, I was very excited about the prospect of seeing Amazing Grace, the late Sydney Pollack's documentary about the making of Aretha Franklin's 1972 live gospel album of the same name. The movie had never seen the light of day for very interesting reasons, but in 2015 it was scheduled to screen at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. Then, at the last minute, Franklin blocked the screenings for unspecified reasons. To this day, the movie remains unseen.

Ever since 2015, I've been listening to the Amazing Grace album, which is pretty terrific. Not surprisingly, I find it very good Sunday morning music. But it works any day of the week. And it's especially affecting this week.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What's the Best Horror Film of the 21st Century?

That's the question we pose on this week's Debate Club over at SyFy. We rank the five best. Check 'em out here.

'Mile 22' Review

I remain fascinated by Peter Berg's style of action filmmaking. Lately, though, that fascination doesn't translate to actual good films. For Screen International, I reviewed Mile 22.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My Interview With Bing Liu, the Director of 'Minding the Gap'

Minding the Gap was a hit at Sundance. The documentary looks at the lives of two young skateboarders who have dealt with domestic violence. The filmmaker, Bing Liu, has too. For MEL, I spoke with Liu about living with an abusive stepfather and what skating brings to his life. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Spike Lee, Sharks and 'Four Lions'

We spent a large chunk of this week's episode discussing BlacKkKlansman before dispensing with The Meg. Then, we turned our attention to our Reboot movie, 2010's Four Lions. It still packs a sting. Listen to the show down below.

As an added bonus, here's me on TRT, out of Turkey, talking about Spike Lee's latest.

Some Thoughts on 'The Meg'

What's the best indie shark thriller?

What should you do if you're attacked by a Megalodon?

Why is The Meg the August-iest August movie ever?

I answer those questions, and more, over at MEL.

Friday, August 10, 2018

'What the Flick?!': Talking 'BlacKkKlansman' and 'The Meg'

Most of the regular What the Flick?! crew was out this week, so I joined Christy Lemire along with other special guests Katie Walsh and Tim Cogshell. We reviewed the new Spike Lee film and that shark movie. The videos are down below.

What's Jason Statham's Best Movie?

Will and I provide the answer over at SyFy.

'The Meg' Review

More like The Mehg, am I right? Anyway, here's my review of the latest Jason Statham stinker.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Review

I think Crazy Rich Asians is going to be a pretty big hit. I just wish I liked it a little more. My review is up at Screen International.

The Carters - "Apeshit"

My wife's birthday is Sunday. She does a mean Beyonce.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

I Hate the Oscars' New Awards Category

This week, the Academy's board of governors announced the Oscars would start giving out an award for "outstanding achievement in popular film." This is a terrible idea. Terrible. Terrible. I explain why over at Rolling Stone.