Saturday, October 29, 2016
Jackie Chan receives an Honorary Oscar next month. For my regular MEL feature "Misleading Men," I take a look at the Hong Kong action star and his uneven path to Hollywood stardom. (And once he achieved it, it wasn't quite what he imagined.) You can read it right here.
Friday, October 28, 2016
I'd be shocked if Malibu, Anderson .Paak's second album, doesn't end up in the Top 10 on the Pazz & Jop poll. My favorite track off the record? Probably "Am I Wrong."
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The 40th episode of the Grierson & Leitch podcast focuses on Moonlight, but we also dig into the Jack Reacher sequel and American Pastoral. And, for our Reboot segment, we do an autopsy on 1989's Weekend at Bernie's. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Sufficiently amusing and pretty exciting, Doctor Strange is the Marvel movie where I started suspecting that the MCU may be spreading itself too thin. Even though this is the first chapter in the adventures of the Master of the Mystic Arts, I feel like I've seen many parts of this film before. Doctor Strange is good-enough, which may not end up being good enough. My review is up at Screen International.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
If you are desperate to watch Tom Cruise run, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I suppose, will satisfy your craving. But this is pretty weak tea: Two movies in, this franchise is certainly no Mission: Impossible. I reviewed the film for Screen International.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
This week's Grierson & Leitch podcast features four films. We lament the mediocre The Accountant. I tell you why Certain Women is terrific. I stick up for Christine. And, in our Reboot section, we dig into Pink Floyd: The Wall, which segued into a discussion about 1970s concept albums and rock star whining. Much to enjoy, and you can hear it all here.
Monday, October 17, 2016
I was on KCRW today to talk about Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. Is this a golden age of concert films? I've got some thoughts, and you can hear 'em here.
Glad you asked. Over at Rolling Stone, a bunch of smart critics and I wrote about this century's 50 best fright films. I had no say over the rankings, but I had plenty to say about the likes of 28 Days Later, The Conjuring and others. Check it out here.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
For MEL, I reviewed the new Justin Timberlake concert film. All I know is, Netflix is making a terrible mistake not releasing this movie in theaters. Read all about it here.
The Accountant is this close to being a good movie that successfully executes its mixture of ludicrousness and drama. Alas, it doesn't quite get there. Ben Affleck plays an accountant who's also a butt-kicking, Jason Bourne-like killing machine. And he's autistic. It's a strange film, and I reviewed it for Screen International.
I've been singing the praises of writer-director Kelly Reichardt for a while. But, really, her latest is especially terrific. It's called Certain Women, and I get into its greatness over at The New Republic.
On this week's Grierson & Leitch podcast, we dive into The Birth of a Nation. But we also grapple with The Girl on the Train, which is so ugh. I ask Will some questions about Newtown. And in our Reboot section, we look back at L.A. Confidential. You can hear the whole thing here.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
20th Century Women had its premiere on Saturday at the New York Film Festival. I reviewed the film for Screen International, and found it to be very reminiscent of writer-director Mike Mills' last movie, Beginners. It's lovely, a bit precious and definitely worth your time. Read all about it here.
Friday, October 07, 2016
I was at the epic premiere screening for The Birth of a Nation at Sundance -- the one where there was a standing ovation before the movie and then an even longer one afterward. I thought the movie was solid but not amazing, but certainly affecting. Nine months later, how does it hold up? I let you know at The New Republic.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Do you like discussions about lengthy movies? Then this week's Grierson & Leitch podcast is for you. I sing the praises of American Honey, and in our Reboot section we tackle the mighty Barry Lyndon. Also, we've got reviews of Deepwater Horizon and Crisis in Six Scenes. You can hear the whole thing here.
Monday, October 03, 2016
On Saturday Night Live, Donald Trump has often been portrayed as an adorable buffoon. Not on Saturday, when Alec Baldwin played him as a monster. I didn't laugh so much as recoil, and I think that's the point. For MEL, I wrote about the show's (and the country's) changing attitude toward the Republican presidential candidate. You can read it right here.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Recently premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and now screening as part of the New York Film Festival, I Am Not Your Negro is a darn fine documentary about James Baldwin's unfinished book about the killing of three African-American activists of the 1960s. But the film also doubles as a solid Baldwin bio. Read all about it here.
I was on KCRW's Press Play on Friday alongside Amy Nicholson to discuss this weekend's releases. This allowed me another chance to tell the world how dumb Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is. Amy reviews Masterminds, and the two of us weigh in on Deepwater Horizon and American Honey. You can listen to the whole thing here.