Friday, December 15, 2017

The Smithereens - "A Girl Like You"

You may have heard that Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio died this week. When I was a lad learning guitar, "A Girl Like You" was one of the first songs I wanted to play.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

What's Better: 'Alien' or 'Blade Runner'?


For our latest installment of Debate Club, Will and I look at two Ridley Scott classics. Is Alien or Blade Runner the better film? We hash it out right here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Review


A huge improvement on The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi is a thrilling and more thoughtful sequel. I have a few quibbles, though. You can read my review over at Screen International.

Monday, December 11, 2017

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Reviewing 'The Post,' 'Phantom Thread' and 'Molly's Game'


We're coming to the end of the year, and this week's podcast is devoted to some of the high-profile Christmas releases. I'm a big fan of The Post and Phantom Thread, while I get a kick out of the supreme Sorkin-ness of Molly's Game. You can hear the whole episode down below.


SAG-AFTRA Foundation: My Conversation With the 'Pirates of Somalia' Team

Last week, I moderated a Q&A with Barkhad Abdi and writer-director Bryan Buckley. We spoke about their new film The Pirates of Somalia, as well as Abdi's life since Captain Phillips. You can watch the whole thing down below.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mousterpiece Cinema: Happy 10th Birthday, 'There Will Be Blood'


I still remember vividly the press screening I attended for There Will Be Blood, which left me utterly stunned. Can it really have been 10 years? I was invited on Mousterpiece Cinema to talk about the movie, and I had a great time. (Also, this is my fifth appearance on the podcast: Yes, I'm part of the show's hallowed five-timers club.) You can hear the whole conversation down below.


Saturday, December 09, 2017

The Careers That Big Directors Almost Had


Next week, Judd Apatow releases The Return, his first stand-up special. Of course, we know him as the filmmaker behind Knocked Up and This Is 40. But when he was starting out, he thought he was going to be a comic. In honor of The Return, I looked at some other directors and the professional paths they initially pursued. You can read it over at MEL.

Friday, December 08, 2017

The Alan Parsons Project - "Time"

A Fantastic Woman is Chile's official entry for the Academy Awards. The movie's quite good, but I especially liked the use of this Alan Parsons Project track on the closing credits. I've had it on a loop for weeks.