Friday, November 16, 2018

'Creed II' Review


You may recall I wasn't the biggest fan of Creed. Three years later, the sequel is upon us. I remain indifferent. My review is up at Screen International.

Neneh Cherry - "Manchild"

Neneh Cherry has a brand new album. While I dig into it, I'm here to remind you that she's no one-hit wonder. Remember how great "Manchild" is?


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

'Widows' Review


Widows was my favorite film I saw at Toronto. It's out Friday. I sing its praises over at Paste.

'Ralph Breaks the Internet' Review


I quite enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph. I'm much more meh about the sequel. For Screen International, I reviewed Ralph Breaks the Internet.

AFI Fest 2018: 'Bird Box' Review


Bird Box is going to have to endure endless comparisons to A Quiet Place, which won't help Susanne Bier's post-apocalyptic drama about a mother (Sandra Bullock) who lives in a world where people have to keep their eyes closed in order to stay alive. I reviewed the film for Screen International.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

My Interview With the Writer and Director of 'Cam'


I had a fun time hanging out with Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber, who, respectively, wrote and directed the new psychological thriller Cam. We talked about porn, sex workers, horror, exploitative labor, Instagram and the tortured-artist trope. Our chat is now live at MEL.

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Grinches, 'Overlord,' Lisbeth Salander and 'Outlaw King'


On this week's podcast, I tell Will why I hated The Grinch so much. We both debate the minor merits of Overlord and The Girl in the Spider's Web. And then, we spend a little time with Outlaw King, which convinced me that Chris Pine is a very good actor who may not be great. (I still liked the movie quite a lot, though.) Hear the whole thing down below.


Some Thoughts on 'The Girl in the Spider's Web'


What are "soft reboots"?

How did The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo construct its awesome title sequence?

Why does The Girl in the Spider's Web have a One Perfect Shot problem?

I answer all that, and more, over at MEL.

Friday, November 09, 2018

AFI Fest 2018: 'On the Basis of Sex' Review


On the Basis of Sex, a drama about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, premiered last night at AFI Fest. I saw it early, which I mention because I imagine that the audience last night was extra-emotional about the subject matter due to Ginsburg's recent fall. My view is that the movie is very well-meaning and sufficiently well-acted to overcome how basic its storytelling is. My review is up at Screen International.

Drake - "Nonstop"

Sometimes, a hip-hop hit's hook isn't just its musical element -- it's the nagging question of "What song is this that's being sampled?" And so you listen to the track over and over in the hopes that you'll figure it out. With Drake's "Nonstop," I finally gave up and looked. You can hear it here.


Thursday, November 08, 2018

What's the Best James Bond Song?


That's the topic of this week's Debate Club. Our picks for the top five are over at SyFy. (So many tracks from Roger Moore films.)

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Who the Devil Made It?


This was a treat. For the Los Angeles Times, I wrote about a weird happening last weekend: Three major new movies came out, and none of them were the product of one solitary filmmaker. Bohemian Rhapsody, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and The Other Side of the Wind each started off with one director ... and then others had to finish the film. The circumstances in each case were very different. And yet, they all provoke the same question: Whose vision is ultimately behind these movies? It's something we don't often think about. Maybe we should. My essay is here.