Friday, August 28, 2015

Taylor Swift - "Style"

My cousin gets married today. In honor of him and his bride, here's a cut from his favorite album of 2014.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

'Zipper' Review

Patrick Wilson would seem to be a perfect fit for Zipper, a dark drama about an honorable man running for office who is undone by an unexpected fixation on high-class call girls. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.) Instead, the film is laughable. I reviewed this stinker for Paste.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

'Z for Zachariah' and Craig Zobel's Lab-Experiment Cinema

Craig Zobel is one of America's most intriguing indie filmmakers, the man behind Great World of Sound and the superb Compliance. He returns with Z for Zachariah, which I saw for the first time at Sundance. I watched it again now that it's opening on Friday, and I continue to find this post-apocalyptic drama deeply unsettling in its own quiet way. Why? Because Zobel, as per norm, is conducting a little experiment with the characters -- and with us in the audience. I get into that over at Deadspin.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

'We Are Your Friends' Review

I'm not so far removed from my youth that I can't feel a kinship to something like We Are Your Friends, which stars Zac Efron as a DJ trying to break into the world of EDM. For a new generation, perhaps this movie will be an American Graffiti or Reality Bites: an impudent, urgent "We are young!" state of the union. But, lordy, the film's story couldn't be more familiar. (Still, I think Wes Bentley is quite good in it as a mentor figure to the young Efron.) I reviewed We Are Your Friends for Screen International.

Friday, August 21, 2015

John Mellencamp - "Longest Days"

"It's one of the better songs of the last few years, actually," Bob Dylan said in February of John Mellencamp's "Longest Days." "I ain't lying."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

'Documentary Now!' Review

I wasn't sure what to expect from Documentary Now!, the new IFC series that parodies iconic nonfiction films. But the show, overseen by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, is straight-up terrific -- not just funny, but also kinda profound in its own modest, playful way. I've only seen three episodes, but I want to watch more, and soon. I reviewed the show for The Wrap.

'Grandma' Review

Lily Tomlin gets one of her richest roles in years with Grandma, a two-hander about a poet and her granddaughter (Julia Garner) who drive around L.A. all day in search of $600. It's a moving, delicate wisp of a film, which I reviewed for Paste.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

'Hitman: Agent 47' Review

Back in 2007, I reviewed Hitman for Screen International. That movie was not good. Now, Fox is yet again trying to breathe cinematic life into the videogame assassin. Hitman: Agent 47 isn't much better, though. I reviewed this shoot-'em-up stinker for Popular Mechanics.