August 24, 2018

Summer Highlights


Here are some of the most fun, informative, and wild pieces I wrote this summer about film and television. 

Kathy Najimy Shares the Secrets of Hocus Pocus to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary

Let's Talk About Jason Statham's Nudity In 'The Meg'

How The Meg is a Kinder Gentler Shark Movie Than Jaws

That Dark AF 'Teen Titans Go To The Movie's Joke I Can't Stop Giggling Over

Why Even Teen Titans Go! Haters Will Love Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Ant-Man and the Wasp Finally Does Right by Hope Van Dyne 

 Why Ant-Man and the Wasp is a Perfect Antidote for Infinity War Depression 

Moms, Aunties, and Fangirls: Female Representation in Incredibles 2

Amy Poehler And Nick Offerman's 'Making It' Is The Radiant Explosion Of Fun And Joy You Need Right Now

The Vixen Deserved Better Than The 'RuPaul's Drag Race Reunion'

Not Guilty: Megamind

Women Don't Need Your Good Guy Bullshit 

Fantasia 2018


This year, I covered Fantasia for Pajiba, Riot Material, and SYFY Fangrrls. (Plus a rerun review from Nerdist.) 
Reviews

Anna And The Apocalypse: "Imagine if Glee and Shaun of the Dead gave birth to a bouncing baby in the thick of Christmas time. "

Blue My Mind: "From top to tails, it’s a haunting and poignant film, alive with beauty, pain, and heart."

Cold Skin:  I wouldn’t recommend this movie for the plot. But if you’re a fan of (Ray) Stevenson, it’s still worth a watch.

Lifechanger: a lean, mean, and intense dose of shapeshifter horror with a chilling message perfectly suited to the complex conversations of the Me Too era.


LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin,’ Wimp!:

Imagine Marilyn Manson going on a madcap adventure with Carly Rae Jepson and the Three Stooges.

The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot: All of this sentimentality combined with its meditation on aging and regret, makes The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot feel like a cross between Inglorious Basterds and Cocoon.

Our House: Instead of a fresh and frightening story, Our House becomes a cluttered collection of horror iconography.


Searching: This is a great fit for a rainy Saturday, where you just want to crash out, eat popcorn, and feel a bit smug about figuring out a painfully mediocre movie with a juicy ending.

Summer of 84: Clunkiness aside, Summer of 84 is a satisfyingly suspenseful adventure, with compelling characters, and a chilling murder mystery at its center.

Tigers Are Not Afraid: López offers a shocking frankness in depicting the poverty of her characters, but elegantly laces in an unapologetic sentimentality that keeps humanity alight even in the movie’s darkest moments.



Under The Silver Lake:  Under The Silver Lake is a love letter to Hollywood. Not one written on sweetly scented paper but rather scrawled on the shit-smeared bathroom wall in a streaky Sharpie.


Unfriended: Dark Web: "Grim, disturbing, and it may be more “real,” but it’s by no means my idea of fun." 


Interviews


Justin McConnell on The Feminist Inspirations of Lifechanger

John McPhail on Anna And the Apocalypse

Coming soon: an interview with Blue My Mind director Lisa Brühlmann. 

March 22, 2018

SXSW 2018

This year, I had the pleasure of covering the SXSW Conference for SYFY Fangrrls, Pajiba, and Riot Material. 

Reviews

Blood Fest Is A Gory Good Time, But...

Though Flawed, The Field Guide To Evil Is A Must-See For True Horror Fans

Ghost Stories Is A Horror Movie You Must See Twice

Hereditary Introduces a New Master Of Terror

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Is As Whimsical As It Is Discomforting

Prospect Review: You Had Me At 'Pedro Pascal Stars In Sci-Fi Western'

John Krasinski's A Quiet Place Is A Master Class in Suspense

Sorry to Bother You Aims To Make You Laugh (And Blow Your Mind!)

Unfriended: Dark Web Asks 'What If Unfriended, But Terrible And Rapey?'

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Is A Gentle And Needed Battle Cry



Interviews

Hereditary's Makers Reveal The Secret of Success to SXSW's Scariest Film

Where is Horror Now? SXSW Filmmakers Sound Off

Sophie Thatcher on Playing Prospect's Space-Trekking, Fan Fiction-Loving Teen Heroine Opposite Pedro Pascal

Leigh Whannell Reveals How Upgrade Broke Blumhouse's Horror Mold

Blood Fest Brings Horror, Gore, Humor And A Timely Political Message

Seychelle Gabrielle Addresses The Legend of Korra's Lesbian Romance, Korrasami Fandom

How Do You Make An Unfriended Sequel? Unfriended: Dark Web's Creators Explain

'Ghost Stories' Creators On Martin Freeman, Horror, and 'The Vagina Monologues'

'Cargo' Directors Sound Off On Martin Freeman, Their Organic Zombies, And Elevated Horror

Editorials

How Ready Player One Fails Geek Culture

Gugu MBatha-Raw's Fast Color is the Closest We've Seen To a Solo Storm Movie

We Visited HBO's Sweetwater Activation at SXSW Conference To Look For Season Two Clues

SXSW Conference's Ready Player One Activation Gives Gamers A Place To Play And Party


(Updates coming soon...)