Sunday, November 20, 2016

Like a Rhinestone Cowboy

Hello, young lovers, whatever you are.

Last week, I teased an interview with Steve Coogan. That probably won't happen at this point. Which sucks because I got pretty hyped about it myself. But he's starting a new film, which means he doesn't have time for this guy. 

*Bronx cheer* 

Let's go to the weekly links, shall we?

First, my Village Voice review of Studio Ghibli-produced animated fable The Red Turtle.

And my Village Voice "Voices Choices" squib on the Metrograph's Takeshi Kitano retrospective.

My RogerEbert.com review of shitty Idris Elba spy thriller The Take.

And some stray Letterboxd thoughts on why I wasn't crazy about Doctor Strange.

Tune in next week for reviews of Mifune: The Last Samurai, and Evolution.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Idle Worship

This week's been...shitty. But here's a couple of pieces for you, anyway.

First up is my RogerEbert.com interview with Sword of Doom star Tatsuya Nakadai, courtesy of the fine folks at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Then there's my Esquire.com interview with Elle director Paul Verhoeven.

And my RogerEbert.com review of lackluster/pseudo-suspenseful romantic-thriller Come and Find Me.

And that's all she wrote for this week. Stay tuned for a short piece on Takeshi Kitano, an interview with Steve Coogan, and reviews of The Red Turtle and The Take.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hot Linking Action

Oh hi.

Here are some links to my recent writing.

My RogerEbert.com feature on the year's most exciting horror films.

My brief Village Voice write-up of the Anthology Film Archives' Lucio Fulci retrospective.

My Village Voice review of lame-o rock doc We Are X.

My brief Village Voice write-up of the Japan Society's Kadokawa Films' retrospective.

My RogerEbert.com pan of Paul Schrader's weak crime thriller/black comedy Dog Eat Dog.

My Village Voice interview with George Romero about Night of the Living Dead.

Stay tuned: next week will feature links to interviews with Tatsuya Nakadai and Paul Verhoeven.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween Link Dump

Hello. Been a while, I know. I won't say that I'm back for good since I've made similar promises before, and broken them. So let's dispense with the formalities, and get to this week's links.

First up is my Esquire interview with The Handmaiden director Chan-wook Park about storyboards, classic musical, and violence.

Next, there's my Village Voice cap about Anthology Film Archives now-ongoing Lucio Fulci retrospective. 

And my RogerEbert.com interview with Creepy helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa about location-scouting, generic expectations, and the wind.

Then there's my three-star RogerEbert.com review of 31, Rob Zombie's latest horror film.

And, just in case you missed it, my (and co-author Matt Zoller Seitz's) Village Voice oral history of The Thing (1982), featuring interviews with Wilford Brimley, John Carpenter, David Clennon, Keith David, and Richard Masur.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Old Gray Lady and Friends

Hi.

So this clip round-up includes my first piece at the New York Times: a primer on Heroes Reborn, which you read here.

Not much, but it's a start.

Anyway.

At Vulture, I recapped the first two episodes of Gotham's second season here, and here. And episodes four and five of Fear the Walking Dead here, and here.

I also did a list of the ten most Cannon-y moments in the new Cannon DVD/Blu-ray box set, also at Vulture.

At RogerEbert.com, there's my positive review of The Green Inferno, Eli Roth's Cannibal Holocaust homage, right over here.

And at the Village Voice, there's reviews of Mississippi Grind, Hotel Transylvania 2, This Changes Everything, Shanghai, and He Named Me Malala

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bif Bam Pow: Writing's Not Just for Reviews Any More!

Hi.

I'm including my TV writing here, too, now.

1) Four Vulture recaps of Fear the Walking Dead: one, and two, and three, and four.

2) My RogerEbert.com review of 80s-sploitation action-adventure Turbo Kid: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/turbo-kid-2015

3) My Village Voice cap of Korean action-fantasy Memories of the Sword: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/memories-of-the-sword-is-most-thrilling-when-its-swordsmen-plunge-into-the-past-7533278

4) My RogerEbert.com review of body-horror sequel Contracted: Phase II: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/contracted-phase-ii-2015

5) My Village Voice cap of found-footage horror film Creep: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/mark-duplass-elevates-found-footage-horror-flick-creep-7585795

6) My Vulture interview with Roger Corman: http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/roger-corman-sharktopus-easy-rider.html?_ga=1.11195444.1671774659.1442801866

7) My RogerEbert.com review of Johnnie To musical Office: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/office-2015

8) My Village Voice cap of Neil Labute's dramedy Dirty Weekend: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/neil-labute-s-dirty-weekend-may-have-you-longing-for-monday-7600110

9) My RogerEbert.com review of Fatih Akin's Armenian genocide drama The Cut: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-cut-2015

10) My Village Voice review action reboot The Transporter Refueled: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/here-are-all-the-reasons-why-nobody-went-to-see-the-transporter-refueled-7621056

11) My Vulture interview with Rick and Morty co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon: http://www.vulture.com/2015/09/rick-morty-influences-dan-harmon-justin-roiland.html?_ga=1.246550660.1671774659.1442801866

12) My RogerEbert.com review of Bruce McDonald's killer-kids/maternity-horror film Hellions: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/hellions-2015

13) My Village Voice cap of horror-comedy Cooties: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/comic-horror-flick-cooties-cast-is-funnier-than-its-script-7634481

Ok, let's rock.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Opinions Were Like Kittens, I Was Giving Them Away."

Hi.

Here's some writing:

1) My RogerEbert.com review of The Vatican Tapes, a demonic possession horror film helmed by Crank co-director Mark Neveldine: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-vatican-tapes-2015

2) My Village Voice review of Unexpected, a dismal what-to-expect-when-you're-expecting drama from co-writer/director Kris Swanberg, wife of Joe: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/unexpected-6387791

3) My Village Voice review of Jack Strong, a good-enough spy thriller set in Cold War-era Poland: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/jack-strong-7305812

4) My Village Voice review of Staten Island Summer, a so-so one-last-summer-party teen sex comedy starring a bunch of recent Saturday Night Live players: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/teen-sex-comedy-staten-island-summer-works-best-if-you-re-hard-up-7415904

5) My RogerEbert.com review of Wild City, the latest film written and directed by City on Fire director Ringo Lam: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/wild-city-2015

6) My Village Voice review of Paulo Coelho's Best Story, an undistinguished biopic about the author of The Alchemist: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/the-alchemist-author-doesn-t-quite-come-to-life-in-paulo-coelho-s-best-story-7415908

7) My Village Voice review of A Lego Brickumentary, a disappointing documentary about Duplo, I MEAN LEGO: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/a-lego-brickumentary-6386868

8) My RogerEbert.com review of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, a mostly fine new film from Alien: Resurrection director Jean-Pierre Jeunet: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-young-and-prodigious-ts-spivet-2015

9) My Village Voice review of Call Me Lucky, Bobcat Golthwait's dock-portrait of Boston comedian Barry Crimmins: http://www.villagevoice.com/film/bobcat-goldthwait-s-call-me-lucky-is-a-smart-portrait-of-a-hothead-truth-teller-7440197

10) My Village Voice review of Assassination, a bloated but fun South Korean spy/war thriller:http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/assassination-amsal-7406798

11) My Village Voice review of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, an underwhelming cartoon adaptation of, uh, see title: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/kahlil-gibrans-the-prophet-6387304

12) My Village Voice review of Shaun the Sheep Movie, a fun new film by Aardman Animations: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/shaun-the-sheep-6387652

13) My RogerEbert.com review of We Come As Friends, a tedious documentary about the "alien," neo-colonialist nature of Western (and Chinese) philanthropists in contemporary South Sudan: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/we-come-as-friends-2015

14) My RogerEbert.com review of One and Two, an unmoving coming-of-age fantasy starring Sally Draper: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/one-and-two-2015

15) My Village Voice review of Some Kind of Beautiful, an awful romantic-comedy, but a decent contender for worst film of 2015: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/some-kind-of-beautiful-how-to-make-love-like-an-englishman-7299358 

16) My Village Voice review of The Curse of Downers Grove, a cheap, but satisfying "teen angst" picture that also happens to be co-adapted by Bret Easton Ellis: http://www.villagevoice.com/movies/the-curse-of-downers-grove-7332912

17) My RogerEbert.com review of Sinister 2, an inadequate, but superior sequel: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/sinister-2-2015