Friday, February 17, 2017

'Logan' Review


Logan would seem perfectly suited to my sensibility. It's a comic book film that's gritty and grownup, and it features Hugh Jackman as Wolverine for the very last time. And yet, I found myself indifferent to the movie's dark charms. My review is up at Screen International.

Talking Heads - "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)"

I still don't understand why this song wasn't a single.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

'The Great Wall' Review


The Great Wall -- or Matt Damon in a Ponytail -- is a very silly monster movie slightly redeemed by the fact that it's directed by Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. The thing has a ton of spectacle, and the monsters are pretty darn scary. But, seriously, good lord. Read all about it over at The New Republic.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Sequels and Spinoffs


There's no Reboot films on this week's Grierson & Leitch podcast. That's because we have three new movies to discuss. I liked The Lego Batman Movie a little more than Will did, and he liked John Wick: Chapter 2 a little more than I did. But we both preferred them to Fifty Shades Darker. You can check out the whole thing here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

An Ode to Chris Berman


Now that Chris Berman's visibility on ESPN has started to diminish, I thought it appropriate to reflect on a broadcaster I used to love. It's, frankly, embarrassing to admit that -- the adult me doesn't know what the teenage me was thinking. I try to reconcile those two parts of myself in a piece over at Paste.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Pleasures of Second Weddings and Getting Married Later in Life


MEL is doing a special issue for Valentine's Day focused around the theme of heartbreak. With that as my inspiration, I decided to write about the fact that, recently, I've been attending weddings of people getting married for a second time or getting married a bit later in life. I found these weddings incredibly moving -- and also just a lot of fun. It started making me wonder if, really, weddings are wasted on the young. I talked to some experts, I talked to my friends, I did a little research, and this is what I came up with.

Friday, February 10, 2017

'Press Play With Madeleine Brand': Legos, BDSM and 'John Wick: Chapter 2'


I was on KCRW today to talk about this weekend's big releases: The Lego Batman Movie, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fifty Shades Darker. Alicia Malone was also on with me, and she dives into A United Kingdom and Stray Bullets. It was a fine time. Check it out here.

Adele - "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"

As you may have heard, the Grammys are Sunday. As long as Twenty One Pilots wins nothing, I'm cool with how the evening plays out. Will Adele go home with another Album of the Year trophy? It's either 25 or Lemonade -- and I'm betting the Academy won't want to snub Beyoncé again.


Thursday, February 09, 2017

'Fifty Shades Darker' Review


I didn't mind Fifty Shades of Grey, so I was curious about the sequel. Well, if the first film was sexy and silly, this one is a little-less sexy and a lot sillier. Poor director James Foley ... this is the man who once brought Glengarry Glen Ross to the big screen. My review of Fifty Shades Darker is up at Screen International.