TEN YEARS LATER: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At…

What decade-old movie-going experience do you still remember most fervently, so potently in your mind that you remember the precise sensation of it, ecstatic and embarrassed, as though it were yesterday? If you're older than…

TEN YEARS LATER: ‘Black Snake Moan’ (2006)

Last night twitter was stormed with 10-year-anniversary appreciations of David Fincher's self-evident paranoid investigative masterpiece 'Zodiac', which is exactly the kind of high-profile work that sticks in peoples' memory fervently a decade later. And yeah, I…

The Ascent

THOUGHTS ON: ‘The Ascent’ (1977)

Very often I encounter articles penned by some well-meaning cineaste or journalist ruing the state of female-driven cinema.  Such articles follow a similar pattern: they tell you that women make up half the population but…

My Neighbor Totoro

THOUGHTS ON: ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ (1988) & Narrative…

'My Neighbour Totoro’ is the latest in a continuing series of essays that will focus on outstanding and overlooked animation, as well as Blind Spots. Hayao Miyazaki is one of the greatest living directors, period.  When we think of great…

Can We Take a Joke

REVIEW: ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ (2016)

Review Can We Take a Joke is the type of film where the actual filmmaking is beside the point.  Do you think that special little snowflake millennials need to toughen up and maybe consider some…

Pom Poko

THOUGHTS ON: ‘Pom Poko’ (1994)

As Justin Jagoe and I recently recorded a forthcoming podcast about animated films, this is the first in a series of essays that will focus on outstanding or overlooked animation, as well as Blind Spots.…

short

Short Films You Can Watch in an Hour…

In Film Misery’s 100th Podcast episode, Alex took me to task a little bit for something I said to Justin: I had criticised Jagoe for never having seen Miloš Forman’s three-hour Amadeus, even though he…

No Escape

Is NO ESCAPE racist?

[caption id="attachment_25664" align="alignnone" width="600"] No Escape[/caption] First off, this isn’t a review of No Escape.  One review won’t correct the film’s Metascore and I’m not going to try.¹  If I were going to review the film,…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Finding the…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot” is a recurring series hosted by Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience, inviting writers all across the internet to chime in on their favorite shots from films. This is…

Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014)

[caption id="attachment_24283" align="aligncenter" width="624"] Insomnia (2002)[/caption] A comfortable distance is needed when memorializing a fallen celebrity figure, particularly when your feelings go beyond polite spectatorship. Short enough a time to still be emotionally reeling from…

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Into the…

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot” is a recurring series hosted by Nathaniel Rogers at The Film Experience, inviting writers all across the internet to chime in on their favorite shots from films. This is…

Time Regained: ‘The 400 Blows’ and How Antoine…

[caption id="attachment_24176" align="aligncenter" width="624"] The 400 Blows (1959)[/caption] "Time Regained" is a short series inspired by IFC Center's series of the same name, timed to the release of Richard Linklater's 12 year project Boyhood, finally arriving…