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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 […]

Silent Fortnight January 27, 2018

On the second-to-last day of Sundance, the 2018 index now has only three film page links on it. Sorry to disappoint. The Locarno rule applies here: that page is going to get a lot bigger in the next few weeks and months as more reviews and dispatches get published. I, Tonya opened in December and […]

Open Sesame January 20, 2018

Sundance has started, so here’s our index for the festival. For now, the only link on that page is for Our New President, so check later for more. Three out of four of these new releases were not exactly new this week; Paddington 2 and The Insult opened last week while Darkest Hour was a […]

The Next Level January 13, 2018

Oh, you think “the period costumes look great, but…”? No, I don’t believe you. I don’t think you actually care about clothes at all. Lately I’ve started to realize that it’s not healthy to focus your energy all on one interest, which in my case has been film. I want to get out of my […]

Start Slow January 6, 2018

The first week of January is reliably one of the slowest times of the year for new releases, but below this intro there are at least two movies that are of interest. (The third film, In the Fade, opened last week.) This week also brings the first CRU page for a VR project. And although […]

The Best Films of 2017 (and Thereabouts) December 31, 2017

The assertion that Twin Peaks: The Return doesn’t belong on year-end film lists is not going to age well. We’re in a period of expanding the boundaries of media. Recent examples include the blending fiction and documentary filmmaking, alternative comics cartoonists showing their work at art exhibitions, and Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for […]

Say Yes to the Taste You Love December 30, 2017

I’m publishing my Best Films of 2017 list tomorrow, right before the year ends. Come back for that if you’d like. New Releases All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott, United States, 2017, 8 reviews) Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz, Israel, 2017, 6 reviews) Molly’s Game (Aaron Sorkin, United States, 2017, 7 reviews) Cinema of the […]