Revenge of the Mekons (Angio, 2013)


The Mekons are bad. Like, really. honestly bad. They’ll be the first to tell you. [Read more...]

24 Observations About The Terminator on the Eve of Genisys


If you’ve ever wondered how my reviews are constructed, these notes should give you glimpses into my process. [Read more...]

Film History Spotlight: Max Ophuls


Max Ophuls didn’t invent the tracking shot, but he may have used it more effectively than anyone else. [Read more...]

SXSW 2015 — GTFO: Get the F&#% Out


For women who refuse to sit on the sidelines and let men decide what jobs they can have, what opinions they can state, or even what games they can play, threats are hardly few and far between. [Read more...]

In Defense of “To Kill a Mockingbird” — A Response to Roger Ebert


Who says hope can’t be grounded in truth? [Read more...]

Whiplash (Chazelle, 2014)


There are a lot of lies in play in Whiplash (★★★★), Damien Chazelle’s Oscar-nominated water-cooler fable about a music conservatory drummer (Miles Teller) and the sadistic instructor (J. K. Simmons) he is drawn to like a junkie jonesing for his next fix.

One mark of the film’s greatness: even after a second viewing, I am still not sure how many of those lies the film itself–or any of its characters–believe. [Read more...]