Friday, March 16, 2018

The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - "I Won't Hurt You"

I've seen the new Wes Anderson film. This is a song on the soundtrack.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

'Tomb Raider' Review

Alicia Vikander is so good in Tomb Raider that you may be tricked into thinking this is a good movie. I confess that I dug this action flick for a while, too ... until I didn't. My review is up at Paste.

Picking the Best Child Performances in Science Fiction

For this week's Debate Club, Will and I picked the five finest performances by children in the worlds of sci-fi and fantasy. (That's right, that means no horror movies. That would have been impossible since there are so many good ones.) If you want a hint of who made the cut, Steven Spielberg movies are well-represented. Check out our list here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My Interview With Rob Cohen, the Director of 'The Hurricane Heist'

For MEL, I spent more than an hour on the phone with Rob Cohen, the man behind The Fast and the Furious, xXx and his latest film, The Hurricane Heist. We talked about a lot of different stuff, including fatherhood and why you can't be a nice guy if you want to be a film director. Plus, he had thoughts about Kathryn Bigelow and Lady Bird. You can read the whole thing here.

Some Thoughts on 'A Wrinkle in Time'

A Wrinkle in Time has been knocked around by critics. I stood up for it over at MEL, explaining where it fits into cinema's proud tradition of weird kids' movies. I also talk about God, Chris Pine and Middle of Nowhere. Check out my random thoughts here.

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: 'The Boondock Saints' Is Terrible

On this week's episode, we review A Wrinkle in Time, Gringo and The Death of Stalin. (I promise to catch up with Thoroughbreds soon.) And in our Reboot segment, we look back at The Boondock Saints, which I never saw back in the day. I did, however, live through the time and place of its inception. You can hear the whole thing down below.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

'Press Play With Madeleine Brand': Reviews of 'Wrinkle,' 'Gringo' and 'The Death of Stalin'

On Friday, I hung out with Christy Lemire over at KCRW. Sadly, Madeleine was out of town, but Steve Chiotakis ably guest-hosted. On the show, we review A Wrinkle in Time and Gringo. Christy handles Thoroughbreds, and I grabbed The Death of Stalin. You can hear the whole thing here.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Bikini Kill - "Rebel Girl"

I try not to spend too much time on "old" music -- that is, music I grew up loving -- but I can sorta cheat that rule by digging into bands who were around at the same time that I wasn't really listening to back then. For example, Bikini Kill has a similar-ish guitar sound to Nirvana or Green Day, but for me it's still wonderfully new.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

'Gringo' Review

Good actors drowning in forced bad-ass attitude: That's Gringo in a nutshell. My review is up at Screen International.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

What's the Best Spy Movie (that's not a James Bond movie)?

For this week's Debate Club, Will and I chose the five best spy movies. There's a wrinkle, though: We couldn't pick any 007 films. (We also decided to skip Mission: Impossible and the Bourne movies, because it was too hard to narrow those down.) So, enjoy: Our list is up at SyFy.

'A Wrinkle in Time' Review

Somehow, I got through my childhood never reading Madeleine L’Engle's award-winning book. Despite that (or maybe because of that), I liked Ava DuVernay's adaptation. I found it quite touching in its championing of goodness. My review of A Wrinkle in Time is now live at Screen International.