Wednesday, April 01, 2020
On Sunday night, John Prine was in critical condition from complications of COVID-19. Things looked pretty dire for the acclaimed, beloved country singer. Thankfully, his condition has apparently stabilized. For MEL, I wrote an appreciation of Prine and for the importance of his brand of goofy, sappy, corny optimism. Hope you enjoy.
Christian Dawkins wanted to be a sports agent. Instead, he was convicted on bribery charges. What happened? It's a story that has as much to do with college basketball as it does him. For MEL, I reviewed the new HBO documentary The Scheme.
Last weekend, Disney's new version of Mulan was supposed to hit theaters. Over at Vulture, we offer some cinematic alternatives if you had been dying to see that movie.
On this week's podcast, we review one new movie, the Sundance opener Crip Camp, and then discuss the extended cut of Kenneth Lonergan's divisive Margaret.
But first, as part of our new series, we do a deep dive on one movie year. Welcome to 1989, a time of Do the Right Thing, Roger & Me and Driving Miss Daisy. Hear the whole thing down below.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Have a little time and want to bone up on silent movies? For MEL, I put together a list of some essential titles, all available for streaming. (One caveat: I limited myself to one film per star or director.) Hope you enjoy.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
The Criterion Channel has so many great movies. But which ones are only available on the streaming site? I did a deep dive into the catalog for MEL.
Well, this was unusual. For this week's Press Play, Katie Walsh and I spoke with Madeleine remotely to discuss the weekend's new releases -- and The Hunt. Enjoy our social-distancing cinematic insights down below.
Dick Johnson Is Dead received rave reviews when it premiered at Sundance. I revisited the documentary for Screen International.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020
An older, bearded gentleman named Sundog lives out in the Arizona desert all by himself. He doesn't want to be a part of society. But does he have a choice? For Screen International, I reviewed the intriguingly minimalist documentary A Shape of Things to Come.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
On this week's podcast, we introduce a new feature, in which we look back at a specific movie year. This week: 1994. Hoop Dreams! Pulp Fiction! Forrest Gump! The Shawshank Redemption!
We also have two Reboots. First is Krzysztof Kieślowski's Blue, the first installment in his Three Colors trilogy. Then, we dig into Todd Haynes' sorta-biopic I'm Not There. Hope you enjoy.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
I realized recently that I've never written in any detail about Steely Dan, a band I'm fairly nuts about. So for MEL, I talked about why the group is weirdly perfect music to accompany your time in quarantine. Sign in stranger.
Let's say you're someone who always wanted to find time to get into international cinema. Well, what better time than now? For MEL, I put together a list of 10 subtitled films to get you started. It was a daunting task, but also pretty fun. Hope you enjoy.
Joe Exotic was an eccentric man living in Oklahoma who started an exotic-animal park. Carole Baskin was a big-cat lover in Florida who thought he was doing more harm than good. Eventually, Exotic was arrested as part of an alleged murder-for-hire plot. The Netflix documentary series Tiger King chronicles the whole strange affair. Of course it's very binge-able ... but does it have to be so classist, too? My review is up at MEL.