Friday, April 16, 2021

Dinner Party - "First Responders"

Supergroups are usually best ignored, but I've been digging last year's collaboration between Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin and 9th Wonder called Dinner Party. Their self-titled debut is about 23 minutes long and just the right length. Check out this jazzy instrumental.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Who Is Arthur Janov? And What Does He Have to Do With 'Plastic Ono Band'?

For GQ, I wrote about a man who's always fascinated me. In the late 1960s, a psychologist named Arthur Janov came up with what he called primal therapy, which involved patients accessing painful childhood memories. Now commonly referred to as primal scream therapy, the treatment appealed to John Lennon, who used it as inspiration for his first solo album, Plastic Ono Band. Here's that story.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Looking Back at 'Kick-Ass'

If Kick-Ass came out now, would it be a big deal? Lord knows it was back when it premiered in 2010. For SyFy, I wrote about how the movie's envelope-pushing approach isn't as shocking as it once was. Hope you enjoy.

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: 'Thunder Force,' YA Sci-Fi Adventures and 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'

Melissa McCarthy, what are you doing? On this week's episode, we review her bad new film, and then I solo on Voyagers. For our finale, we go back to 1999 ... and I discover that a movie I used to love doesn't entirely hold up. (It happens sometimes.) Hear the podcast down below.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Ghostface Killah - "Kilo"

Whoever got the kilos got the candy, man.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Looking Back at Guillermo del Toro's Best Monster Movie, 'Hellboy'

It's been 17 years since Hellboy came out. The superhero-movie landscape has changed radically since then. What's also changed: Guillermo del Toro's Hollywood stock. (He's won a few Oscars since this movie.) I looked back at its legacy over at SyFy.

'Voyagers' Review

Lord of the Flies gets a sci-fi revamp in Voyagers, which finds a group of young twentysomethings aboard a spaceship heading toward a distant planet forced to form their own society once their elder leader dies. Is the movie derivative? Absolutely? Does it still work? Just barely. My review is up at Screen International.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Fighting Monsters, 'Shiva Baby' and 'Hot Shots! Part Deux'

We've got Godzilla vs. Kong on this week's episode. But what's far more rewarding is hearing us talk about filmmaker Emma Seligman's feature debut. Then, in our Reboot segment, we look back on the comedy we watched the night before we graduated from high school. (Verdict: still hilarious.) Enjoy the episode down below.

'Chad' Review

I always liked Nasim Pedrad on Saturday Night Live, so I was curious to check out Chad, in which she plays a 14-year-old boy obsessed with being popular. It's a new vision of boyhood that I found touching. My review is up at InsideHook.

Friday, April 02, 2021

'WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn' Review

Adam Neumann didn't just want to start a new company. He wanted to change the world. The documentary WeWork explores how successful he was in both ventures. My review is up at InsideHook.

George Duke - "I Love You More"

This wasn't a single. That's crazy.