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Calling It Quits March 25, 2018

The curt hiatus announcement from a week ago was actually me trying to live without working on this website and seeing how it felt. I enjoyed not having movies on my brain 24/7. I haven’t looked at anything movie-related since that notice and it felt fucking great. No Twitter, no RSS, no movies whatsoever. Getting […]

Time Will Tell March 10, 2018

Good grief, Rotten Tomatoes redesigned their website the same day I did mine. The shocking thing is that for once their redesign isn’t half bad. It’s not great, but it’s a step in the right direction for them in terms of a more pleasing look. Less texture, less color shading. The colors are flatter and […]

Things Will Never Be the Same March 3, 2018

All full disclosures are humblebrags. I’m excited about big changes we’ll be applying to the website on Monday. They’ve been in gestation for almost a year. Stay tuned. I’m annoyed by the increasingly recycled line that the Berlinale has been off its game for a while and lags far behind its European competitors. First of […]

Books Read & TV Watched: February 2018 March 1, 2018

I’m happy to say that I’m still committed to my New Year’s Resolution to start reading for pleasure regularly again, which makes me proud since 80% of people give up on their New Year’s Resolutions six weeks into the year. I usually watch more TV than this, but this is closer to usual intake than […]

Raw Blyfeld February 24, 2018

Out of all possible conservative reactions to Black Panther’s box office success, claiming it as a victory for the right is far more preferable than using it as an example of what’s wrong with America today. I don’t think Jonathan Rosenbaum reads the Comics Journal regularly, but it was nice to see him reference that […]

The Rule of Three February 17, 2018

When did liberals on Twitter start bashing the New York Times on a daily basis? Maybe since Trump got elected? Because I’m including fewer reviews than I used to, I’m now lowering the threshold for RSS festival updates from four reviews to three. And just in the time for the Berlinale, which continues through the […]

Trifecta February 10, 2018

DeKalb Elementary, which is in the New Pages This Week section, might be of extra interest because it was nominated for this year’s Oscar for Best Live Action Short. The 2017 Catch-Up section is one-time only. New Releases Golden Exits (Alex Ross Perry, United States, 2017, 20 reviews) The Student (Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia, 2016, 6 […]

The Vortex of Hell February 3, 2018

I’m just gonna go for it. People who use the word “infer” as if it means the same thing as “imply” are never smart. In this case, the popular usage cannot be taken seriously. A Fantastic Woman is technically a 2017 release in the U.S., but since many websites are treating it like a 2018 […]

Books Read & TV Watched: January 2018 February 2, 2018

I’m trying a media log again, this time in a much more compressed format. The entries are grouped by medium, which was inspired by the log Keith Uhlich has restarted recently. My movie log is on Letterboxd, so it would be redundant to post about movies here. Instead, this log will focus only on TV […]