Wednesday, June 20, 2018

'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' Review

The sequel to 2015's Sicario is ruthless efficient. It also kinda annoyed me. I explain why in my Screen International review.

What's the Best Genre Spoof?

For Debate Club, we've already broken down the best sci-fi spoofs and superhero spoofs. This week, we pay homage to the funniest parodies in other genres. That means Westerns, disaster movies and what have you. Check out the list over at SyFy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Interview With Jason Kohn, the Director of 'Love Means Zero'

Love Means Zero profiles Nick Bollettieri, one of tennis's greatest (and most feared) coaches. For MEL, I spoke with director Jason Kohn about our society's no-pain-no-gain philosophy for teaching young people how to become champions. We also discussed participation trophies, Andre Agassi and (surprisingly) Ran. You can read the whole thing here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Grierson & Leitch Podcast: Pixar Superheroes, Lame Bromances and 'Before Midnight'

This week's podcast feels like it's stuck in a time warp. Incredibles 2 is the sequel to a movie that came out in 2004. Tag could have easily come out 10 years ago, back when bromances were a big deal. And Before Midnight is the latest (last?) movie in a series that began in 1995. You can hear the whole episode down below.

Some Thoughts on 'Incredibles 2'

Epilepsy. Corporate partnerships. The relative resilience of the Pixar brand. The questionable parental abilities of Mr. Incredible. I cover all that in my Monday morning thoughts on Incredibles 2, which you can read over at MEL.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Max Richter - "Dream 3 (In the Midst of My Life)"

On July 27 and 28, Los Angeles will play host to Sleep, an overnight event from composer Max Richter, where he performs his eight-and-a-half-hour album in its entirety while attendees lie on cots underneath the stars. It sounds like an incredible experience.

Ever since these shows were announced, I've been listening to Sleep as part of my regular Spotify playlist of new and notable music. It's broken up into 31 tracks, so as all my different songs are on shuffle, I'll occasionally land on one of Richter's calming, contemplative compositions. They instantly put me in a better mood -- I always feel more relaxed. And when the news is as soul-crushingly terrible as it's been lately, I need whatever relaxation I can find.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

'Tag' Review

More like Sag. I reviewed this so-so bromance for Screen International.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Funniest Performances in the Tensest Movies

For this week's Debate Club, we rank the five best comedic performances from supporting characters in genre movies. Action films and horror movies are so tense that, sometimes, you need something funny to happen. That's where these actors come in. You can check out the list over at SyFy.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Jon Hamm, Funny Actor

Years later, Jon Hamm is still best known for his role as Don Draper on the AMC drama Mad Men. This has not stopped him from branching out into comedy, again and again. With Tag hitting theaters Friday, I looked back at his attempts to be funny. My findings are up at MEL.