Sunday, May 19, 2019

Cannes 2019: 'A Hidden Life' Review

A Hidden Life might be Terrence Malick's most urgent, tormented and vital film since ... The Tree of Life? I reviewed his latest for Screen International.

Cannes 2019: 'Vivarium' Review

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots play a happy couple who look into buying a home. That's when everything goes wrong in Vivarium, a clever, low-key sci-fi parable. I reviewed the film for Screen International.

The 21st Century's Best Monster Movies

The Host or The Descent? Cloverfield or Peter Jackson's King Kong? Let the debate begin over at SyFy.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Cannes 2019: 'The Swallows of Kabul' Review

Based on the Yasmina Khadra novel, The Swallows of Kabul depicts life under Taliban rule. That's hard subject matter, but what if it was told through animation? My review is live over at Screen International.

Elton John - "I'm Still Standing"

Happy Friday, everyone. Greetings from Cannes.

Cannes 2019: 'Bull' Review

Bull is playing as part of Un Certain Regard, and it tells the story of two mismatched souls, both of them looking for some kind of way forward in their dead-end lives. It's a minor but affecting film. My review is up at Screen International.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Cannes 2019: 'Rocketman' Review

Reg Strikes Back: Sir Elton John finally gets the musical biopic treatment. But I didn't much like Rocketman, which I talk about over at Screen International.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Cannes 2019: 'The Dead Don't Die' Review

Welcome to the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. For Screen International, I reviewed the opening night film, Jim Jarmusch's hit-or-miss zombie comedy. You can read my thoughts here.

The State of the Midnight Movie in Los Angeles

There's a new site called Los Angeleno, which is focusing on L.A.-centric issues, people and places. I was happy to write my first piece for them on the midnight-movie scene in our fair city, and how it's evolving. This required me speaking to a few programmers and others about the state of the midnight movie in 2019, which turned out to be fairly fascinating. (You can see Barry Lyndon and A Woman Under the Influence at midnight this summer. Incredible.) Hope you enjoy.

My Interview With John Chester, Director of 'The Biggest Little Farm'

For MEL, I spoke with John Chester, a filmmaker who, with his wife, moved from Los Angeles to a farm about 40 miles north. They wanted to redo their lives, reconnect with nature, the whole thing. And he made a movie about the experience, The Biggest Little Farm. I was curious to talk to him about what we don't see in the film -- namely, the toll this lifestyle change took on their relationship. Chester was really candid, which I appreciated. Our conversation is here.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Some Thoughts on 'Pokemon Detective Pikachu'

What's it like to hear Ryan Reynolds do PG-rated sarcasm?

Why are the behind-the-scenes stories behind the making of Pokemon's biggest songs so sad?

And did you know that this movie was shot on 35mm? (Do you even understand how rare that is anymore?)

I talked about all that, and more, while discussing Detective Pikachu for MEL.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: 'Wine Country,' 'Detective Pikachu' and My Cannes Preview

Man, Wine Country should be better than it is. We talk about it on this week's episode. Plus, I review Pokemon Detective Pikachu and then discuss the films at this year's Cannes that I'm most excited to see. The whole thing is down below.

'John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum' Review

I think Parabellum tops Chapter 2, even if it's not as original as the first film. My review is up at Screen International.

The Best of the Universal Classic Monsters

For this week's Debate Club, we look back at the monster movies of yesteryear. Hope you enjoy our rankings.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Rudy Willingham - "Pool Party"

"I use paper cutouts to transform the world around me." That's how Rudy Willingham describes himself on Twitter. (You can check out his art here.)

"Rudy is an electronic producer and DJ from Seattle who smashes spacey synths, obscure samples, and soulful vocals into epic future-funk burritos." That's his bio on Soundcloud. Hear his summer-y "Pool Party" down below.