FMP Ep. 071 – The Future on Film

On the podcast this week, Hilary and Justin talk about the future as it's been imagined on film, discussing which future worlds we found most appealing and most trite, the power and pitfalls of future-set…

FMP Ep. 070 – The Mad Genius Myth

Hilary and Justin discuss the "Mad Genius Myth," particularly concerning directors' abusive behavior. The Film School Rejects article referenced in the podcast can be found here. We also talk about the recent (and nerdy!) nuptials of one of…

FMP Ep. 069 – How We Talk About…

In the podcast this week, Justin and Hilary talk about how we talk about documentaries, what we expect from them, and the successes and failures of the genre. Films gracing the conversation include Nanook of the…

FMP Ep. 068 – Return of the Film…

It is with great excitement and gratitude that I announce the return of the Film Misery Podcast, or perhaps I should say the "rebirth," since it's coming back in an entirely new body - er,…

2013 IN REVIEW: Special Awards

Our annual "Special Awards" are given to those cinematic achievements that deserve...unique recognition. The year in goofs, faves, and highly personal takedowns is issued below (and please do share what I've missed). Most Disappointing Sequel…

BLIND SPOT(S): The Horror Genre

I don't watch scary movies. I am a sensitive, delicate flower who was scarred for life at a slumber party by back-to-back viewings of 'The Blair Witch Project' and 'Final Destination' when I was thirteen,…

Her, Joaquin Phoenix

WATCH: Joaquin Phoenix Falls for Siri in Spike…

Spike Jonze's solo screenplay debut builds on the canon of AI films with its exploration of a romance between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and the "world's first artificially-intelligent operating system," named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson).…

2012 IN REVIEW: Special Awards

A retrospective of the cinema of 2012 wouldn't be complete without snidely given awards for ridiculous categories. Think of it as Film Misery's Golden Globes. And please share your own goofs in the comments below.…

top ten films 2012, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ava DuVernay, Middle of Nowhere

REVIEW: ‘Middle of Nowhere’ (2012)

Grade: A- Middle of Nowhere is a film that we don't see enough of in mainstream cinema. And I'm not only talking about a narrative that centers on a woman of color, that was written…

Quick Takes – 10.29.12

I'm taking this week's Quick Takes as an opportunity to correct some of my major blind spots, all by directors with new releases this fall. In Bruges Grade B | 1st Viewing The first feature film…

Ross McElwee

REVIEW: ‘Photographic Memory’ (2012)

Grade: B- "Everyone knows Michael Moore. Nobody knows me." Documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee is correct to acknowledge that he is far from a household name, but devotees of his work could very well argue that…

REVIEW: ‘How to Survive a Plague’ (2012)

Grade: A To inspire even the most disillusioned among us. To show us our history. To startle us with remembering, or with seeing for the first time, the way things were less than thirty years…