Halftime: The best films of 2016 (so far)

We're quickly approaching the midpoint of the year, and it's been an interesting one. If you look at the box office reports, it's been a blase year, unless you're Disney.But in terms of quality, it's not been bad. Usually, I reach the midpoint of the year and wonder if I'm going to be able to have enough to fill a top ten list in six months. This year, I already have at least five films that I know will kill me to leave off the year-end list. So I thought, in the interest of getting … [Read more...]

“It’s My Favorite” talks “X-Files,” “Hamilton,” OJ and more!

Hey everyone!For about the past year, I've had the great joy of co-hosting a pop culture podcast with two good friends. "It's My Favorite" is a show where we banter about pop culture, life and our favorite things. We do two episodes a month and we just hit our one-year podcast anniversary! This is one of the highlights of my month, and I'm excited to share it with all of you!In our latest episode, we talk about the "X-Files" revival, the musical "Hamilton" and FX's "The People vs. OJ … [Read more...]

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

When a colleague and I talked about the work of Joel and Ethan Coen on a recent podcast, we spent a great deal of time discussing how the brothers are Old Testament filmmakers. Themes of impending judgement, an angry god and the folly of man crop up repeatedly in their work, and their protagonists are rarely shown much in the way of mercy.So imagine my surprise when "Hail, Caesar's" very first shot was the image of the crucified Christ.I might be mistaken, but I believe this is the first … [Read more...]