Friday, August 22, 2014

Operators - "True"

I'm that one weirdo who prefers all of Dan Boeckner's other bands to his main group, Wolf Parade, who are now on "indefinite hiatus." I loved Handsome Furs, I love Divine Fits, and I'm digging the first cut from his new group, Operators. For me, it's the anxiety in the keyboards and the bite in his voice that always move me.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

'Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Review

Title long enough for you? I really liked the original Sin City, but I was awfully disappointed with this sequel, which starts off well but then quickly loses altitude. I'm all for grownup, hyper-violent, trashy fun. (In fact, it's Robert Rodriguez's specialty.) But A Dame doesn't cut it. My review is live at Screen International.

My Interview With Ira Sachs (and John Lithgow) for 'Love Is Strange'

Yes, it's Love Is Strange Week around these parts. Yesterday, I ran my review of the film, and today I have a profile of its director Ira Sachs (along with a few thoughts from co-star John Lithgow, in the hat above) in Rolling Stone. They were both delightful. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Love Is Strange' Review

One of the bigger hits at Sundance, Love Is Strange finally opens this weekend in select cities. It's a sweet, sad, wise romantic comedy-drama. I missed the movie at the festival, but I finally caught up with it recently. My review is now live at Deadspin.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What Are the All-Time Best Music Documentaries?

Rolling Stone has put together a list of the 40 greatest rock documentaries. I was quite happy to be asked to contribute write-ups for several of the finalists. As always, I didn't have a say in the rankings but, hey, I'm pretty happy with how it all shook out. (Truth be told, I'd probably put Gimme Shelter at No. 1, though.) Hope you enjoy.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Real Estate - "Had to Hear"

The opening cut from Real Estate's most recent album, Atlas, has grown on me over the months. A road trip to San Francisco loosened me up to its lilting, skipping guitar figure, and now with my wife out of town, the chorus is speaking directly to me: "I had to hear you/just to feel near you."

As for the "Had to Hear" video, its chief function seems to be demonstrating that the guys in Real Estate are so damn nice.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

'The November Man' Review

The fact that Relativity was screening The November Man weeks before its release gave me confidence. "Somebody over there must think it's good," I thought. Now that I've seen the film, my hunch is that the company decided that raising the movie's profile was worth enduring some negative reviews. Pierce Brosnan produced and stars in this subpar spy thriller that will be unfavorably compared to the James Bond series in every single article -- including my review.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

The news of Robin Williams' passing is devastating. For Deadspin, I eulogized the man, but I also took the opportunity to talk about why critics (myself included) spend so much time lamenting an actor's career choices when we probably should just focus on the work itself. Here's my piece.