Monday, August 29, 2016

Toronto 2016: The Preview

The Toronto Film Festival is just around the corner. What am I excited to see? Take a look.

The Perils of Loving Jason Statham

Mechanic: Resurrection came out on Friday. Not screened in advance for critics, it got bad reviews and then proceeded to underperform at the box office. I love its star, Jason Statham, and I'm still tempted to see it. Am I crazy? Why do I do this to myself? I wrote about my ridiculous relationship with the actor for MEL.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Movies About First Dates

In honor of Southside With You, a drama about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, I put together a list for MEL of the best movies about characters going on first dates. Everything from Certified Copy to Sunday to In Search of a Midnight Kiss made the cut. Hope you enjoy.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Grimes - "Kill V. Maim"

"One song on the album, 'Kill V. Maim,' is written from the perspective of Al Pacino in The Godfather: Part II. Except he’s a vampire who can switch gender and travel throughout space."

That's how Grimes described this utterly nutty dance track from last year's terrific Art Angels. The video is what would happen if you mixed Sion Sono and Law & Order.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summer 2016: The Best and the Worst

Summer movie season is over. Thank god. What a terrible summer this has been. Just one bad big movie after another. Over at The New Republic, Will and I go back to salute the highs and lows of the last few months. Check it out.

Exploring De La Soul's Best Non-Hits

Tomorrow, De La Soul release And the Anonymous Nobody..., their first disc in 12 years. Today for MEL, I explore the trio's back catalogue to find their greatest deep album cuts. Oh man, was this fun. Check out the list here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

'Gomorrah' Review

My memory of the film Gomorrah is fuzzy, but I was sucked in by the Italian TV series that is adapted from the same source material as the movie. Sundance TV is showing the first season starting tonight -- we don't need any more mob dramas but, man, this one's real good. My review is up at The Wrap.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Frank Ocean, 'Blonde' and the State of the Modern Album

Remember how Spotify, YouTube and their ilk were going to destroy the album as an art form? How individual songs would become more valuable than the LP? Well, forget that nonsense. As Frank Ocean's new album, Blonde, demonstrates, a crop of musicians are resisting this mindset, producing challenging work in our internet age that only really works as a unified album. My essay is up at MEL.

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Debating 'War Dogs,' 'Lo and Behold' and 'Breaking Away'

This week's installment of the Grierson & Leitch podcast finds me and my buddy disagreeing on two films: the Iraq War satire War Dogs and Werner Herzog's latest documentary, Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. Then, in our Reboot section, we discuss the 1979 coming-of-age drama Breaking Away. Hope you enjoy.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Misleading Men: Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant has starred in many beloved romantic comedies. And yet, his 1995 scandal in which he received oral sex from a prostitute remains one of his most indelible public performances. His appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno suggested another side of her persona -- and in a small but meaningful way, it's informed our relationship with his films ever since. My piece is up at MEL.