Thursday, December 29, 2016

"Fight Off the Lethargy! Don't Go Quietly!"

Hiya, pal. Here are some links from the past month, organized by outlet:

RogerEbert.com:

Review of Assassin's Creed.

Great Performances of 2016, featuring my shout-out to Stephen Lang in Don't Breathe.

Ten Best Films of 2016, featuring my write-up of Elle.

All four of my dispatches from the inaugural Macau Film Festival.

Review of Eyes of My Mother.

Review of Sky on Fire.

Review of Evolution.

Village Voice:


Calendar blurb on Streets of Fire.

Review of Contract to Kill.

Calendar blurb on The Road Warrior.

Review of Toshiro Mifune: The Last Samurai.

Vulture: 

Recap of Sense8: A Christmas Special.

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.