Friday, December 06, 2019

Solange - "Almeda"

I'm thinking about my best-of-the-year album list. And I'm thinking not enough people paid attention to When I Get Home. Shame.


Thursday, December 05, 2019

John McClane's Most Famous Line


This week, MEL is featuring stories about cowboys: the archetype, the myth, the symbol of a certain kind of rugged masculinity. My contribution was to write about how Die Hard made John McClane into a modern cowboy. (You know his catchphrase.) My piece is here.

My Interview With Luke Lorentzen, Director of 'Midnight Family'


Midnight Family is a documentary about the Ochoa family, who operate a private ambulance in Mexico City. Theirs is a harrowing life that raises plenty of ethical questions. For MEL, I spoke with director Luke Lorentzen, who rode in the ambulance with the Ochoas. We talked about life, death and healthcare. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Whodunits, Outlaws and 'The Two Popes'


On this week's episode, we review Knives Out, which we both enjoyed. But we differ on two other (very different) films: Queen & Slim and The Two Popes. Hear the whole thing down below.


What's the Worst MCU Film?


I'm sure this won't spark any debate at all: Our Top/Bottom 5 are over at SyFy.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Some Thoughts on 'Queen & Slim'


The history of the lovers-on-the-lam drama. The freakout that always occurs when people discover that Daniel Kaluuya is British. The scarcity of black female directors. I wrote about all this, and more, while discussing Queen & Slim over at MEL.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Carly Rae Jepsen - "Everything He Needs"

Nice to see Harry Nilsson influencing a new generation of pop stars.


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Some Thoughts on 'Knives Out'


How do Rian Johnson's movies deal with family?

What episode of Breaking Bad is considered the worst by fans?

And why is everybody using "Sundown" in their films?

I answer those questions, and more, while writing about Knives Out for MEL.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: 'Marriage Story,' 'Beautiful Day,' '21 Bridges' and 'Frozen II'


Will and I both review Marriage Story and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on this week's podcast. Then I go solo on 21 Bridges and Frozen II. Also, our big Best of the Decade episode is coming soon. (Gulp.) Hear the whole show down below.


My Interview With Ana de Armas


Knives Out is full of big names: Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christopher Plummer, Micharl Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Don Johnson. But you'll probably leave the theater talking about Ana de Armas. I talked to the rising star for the Los Angeles Times.

My Interview With Alan Alda


Well, this was a treat. For the Los Angeles Times, I spent about an hour talking to Alan Alda, who's terrific in Marriage Story. We chatted about life, love, near-death experiences and Parkinson's. I had a wonderful time. My profile is here.