Friday, November 24, 2017

Ryan Adams - "Enemy Fire"

For this week's installment of "Songs of Pine," I thought I'd pick something that rocks a little. After all, we don't just deal with heartache by listening to sad, slow songs. Sometimes, you need something a little angrier. That was certainly the case with this Gold track, which was playing when I found out something devastating about an ex and then proceeded to play it over and over again as a coping device. (This did not help at all.)

It's too late, baby
Baby, it's too late

Was I trying to communicate that to her? Or was I trying to tell myself that? Regardless, I rarely listen to this song anymore. It still brings up ... not bad memories, per se. Just the memory of feeling bad.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Interview With the Cast and Crew of 'Call Me by Your Name'


When I was preparing to sit down for separate interviews with Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg and director Luca Guadagnino about their superb film Call Me by Your Name, I had an idea: "I wonder if these guys have ever had a summer like the main characters in their movie." That inspired the angle to my piece, which I hope articulates how much I love this movie. It's over at Rolling Stone.

Breaking Down All of Netflix's Fireplace Videos


Netflix offers several streaming videos of virtual fireplaces, a perfect complement to your holiday party. But which one is best? I break down the numbers -- and talk to an actual fireman -- to come up with the answers. Check it out over at MEL.

Monday, November 20, 2017

I Talked to Spike Lee About 'She's Gotta Have It'


Almost two years after our first chat, I got on the phone to interview Spike Lee to discuss his new Netflix series based on his 1986 debut. He's always a lot of fun, as you'll see in my piece up at Rolling Stone.

What Happened With 'Justice League'?


For MEL, I tried to figure out what went wrong with the latest DC offering -- and if there's anything Warner Bros. can do to right the ship. You can read my thoughts here.

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Superheroes, 'Jim & Andy' and 'Slap Shot'


On this week's podcast, Will and I lament how bad Justice League is. Then, we focus our energies on two Netflix films: the Sundance favorite Mudbound and the rather remarkable Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. Finally, in our Reboot segment, I finally get around to watching Paul Newman's Slap Shot. (It's about hockey.) You can hear the whole thing down below.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

'Press Play With Madeleine Brand': 'Justice League,' 'Mudbound' and Denzel Washington


I saw Roman J. Israel, Esq. back in Toronto, but the movie has been trimmed and reedited for its release. So I gave it a second look to be on Press Play with my good buddy Christy Lemire. We talked about that, as well as Justice League, Mudbound and Wonder. You can hear the whole thing here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pearl Jam -"Black"

Continuing this month's "Songs of Pine" series, I will now acknowledge that, yes, at one embarrassing moment in my life, I was so heartbroken that I actually said to myself (to the woman who had made me so sad)...

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life 
I know you'll be a star 
In somebody else's sky 
But why 
Why 
Why can't it be 
Why can't it be mine?

Yup, those are lyrics from "Black," the emotional centerpiece of Pearl Jam's first album, Ten.

To this day, the song kinda makes me cringe because of just how nakedly earnest my feelings were in that moment. But I'll say this: Eddie Vedder was never a creep or a jerk in his lyrics. "Black" is a song about losing someone, about being left behind, but there's no misogyny or snottiness in his delivery. In the history of rock songs about dudes getting dumped, "All I taught her was everything" is pretty mild rancor. In other words, I feel embarrassed but not ashamed to have clung to this song in a vulnerable moment. Vedder is actually trying to be an honorable person while acknowledging how distraught he is. Many have expressed themselves in far uglier fashion under the same circumstances.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Misleading Men: Jim Carrey


For my latest installment of Misleading Men at MEL, I wrote about Jim Carrey, who's the star of a new documentary called Jim & Andy. It's about Carrey's transformation into Andy Kaufman for Man on the Moon, which I think is a great movie. Jim & Andy examines what went on during the movie, and what happened to Carrey afterward. I talk about the film and him here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

'Justice League' Review


This is the face that Ben Affleck makes through most of Justice League. It's also the face I made while watching it. My review is up at Screen International.