Friday, August 01, 2014

James Brown - "Cold Sweat"

With Get On Up opening today, I've been thinking about James Brown's music a lot lately. I could have picked any of his many hits, but I decided to go with "Cold Sweat," the full-length version. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Interview With Richard Linklater

Back in mid-June, I spoke with Richard Linklater during the height of the Boyhood promotion. (He had photo shoots and interviews morning until night that day.) The time between speaking with him and writing the cover story for Backstage allowed me an opportunity to reflect on the movie and our talk -- plus, it gave me a chance to make sure I didn't just repeat everything he said in every other interview. I'm grateful: I'm pleased with how this piece turned out and the topics it covers. I hope you enjoy, too.

The Greats: Woody Allen

When I started "The Greats" last summer for Paste, I'm sure some people wondered when I'd get around to devoting a column to Woody Allen, whose films I've loved for a very long time. I intentionally held off for as long as I could: I adore his work so much that my devotion is almost beyond words. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a stab for my latest installment. Here you go.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review

The last big blockbuster of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, opens on Friday. Very fun if a little too shtick-y for my tastes, it ends the season on a relatively strong note. If you're keeping score of this year's Marvel entries, I liked X-Men: Days of Future Past and Captain America: The Winter Soldier better, but I certainly preferred Guardians to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I reviewed Guardians for The Verge.

Monday, July 28, 2014

'Get On Up' Review

There is a lot to discuss about Get On Up, the ambitious, mostly successful portrait of James Brown. I went long in my Screen International review.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Yours Truly on 'Press Play With Madeleine Brand'

This morning, I appeared on KCRW's Press Play alongside the always-charming Christy Lemire to talk with Madeleine Brand about this weekend's new film releases and to discuss the trailer for 50 Shades of Grey. Mostly, I tried my best to make it clear how great A Most Wanted Man is. You can listen to our chat here.

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott - "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"

This weekend, my 17-year-old nephew comes to town to visit. In his honor, here's a great song from the year he was born.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

'Hercules' Review

I like Dwayne Johnson. I don't like Brett Ratner. So what did I make of Hercules? The answer, dear reader, can be read over at Deadspin.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

'Lucy' Review

Lucy is such dopey fun. It has its head in the clouds, pondering the big questions of life, while also being a really taut action-thriller. It's silly, it's stupid and it wouldn't be nearly as good without Scarlett Johansson. My review of Lucy is up at Screen International.

'Magic in the Moonlight' Review

They can't all be great, right? After a string of mostly good films, Woody Allen hits a few too many bum notes with his latest, Magic in the Moonlight. My review is up at Deadspin.