December 31, 2018

2018 movie reviews

2018 Reviews

Adrift
Annihilation
Apostle
At Eternity's Gate
Bad Times At The El Royale 
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Big Fish And Begonia
Black Panther
Blood Fest
Border
The Boy Downstairs
Burning
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Cargo
The Christmas Chronicles
Christoper Robin
Clara's Ghost
Cold Skin
Colette 
Cop Chronicles: Loose Cannons: The Legend of the Haj-Mirage
Damsel 
Destination Wedding
Destroyer
Eighth Grade
Elliot The Littlest Reindeer
The Endless
The Favourite
The Field Guide To Evil
Forever B
Freaks
Fugue
Halloween 
Ideal Home
I Feel Pretty
I Kill Giants
In Darkness
Isle of Dogs
Izzy Get The F*ck Across Town
Freaks
Game Night
Girls With Balls 
Ghost Stories
Gotti
The Happytime Murders
Halloween
Hereditary
Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story
Leave No Trace
Lifechanger
The Little Stranger
Lizzie
The Lodgers
LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin,’ Wimp!
Love Gilda
Lu Over The Wall
Madeline's Madeline
The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot
Marrowbone
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots
Mary Shelley
Mid90s
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
Mute
The Nun
The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
Once Upon A Deadpool
Our House 
The Polka King
Paddington 2
The Party
Permission
Peter Rabbit
Pity
A Private War
Prospect
A Quiet Place
Ralph Breaks The Internet (Wreck-It Ralph 2) 
Red Sparrow
Revenge
The Ritual
Saturday Church
School's Out
Searching
Shoplifters
The Sisters Brothers
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sorry To Bother You
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Stan & Ollie 
Summer of 84
Support the Girls
Terminal 
Three Identical Strangers 
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie 
Under The Silver Lake
Unfriended: Dark Web
Vox Lux
White Boy Rick
Won't You Be My Neighbor
A Wrinkle In Time
Winchester

December 22, 2018

My Top Ten Films of 2018 (And then some)


15. Wildlife
Review

14. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Review

13. The Polka King
Review / Editorial

12.Minding The Gap
Podcast (Ep 487 /Filmcast)

11. Leave No Trace
Review

10. A Wrinkle In Time
Review

9. American Animals
Review / Podcast (Ep 470 /Filmcast) 

8. Hereditary
ReviewPodcast (Ep 471 /Filmcast) / Interview

7. Eighth Grade
Review

6. Border
Review

5. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Review

4. The Little Stranger
Review / Editorial

3. Paddington 2
Review / Editorial 

2. The Favourite
Review

1. Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Review / Podcast (Episode 8 of American Grift)

October 24, 2018

NYFF 2018

My coverage from the 56th New York Film Festival for Pajiba and Riot Material:

The Favourite: The Favourite is fascinating, ferociously funny, and hands down one of the best films of the year.

Wildlife:  "Dano’s direction urges performances that are tender symphonies of everyday agonies."

At Eternity's Gate: "Schnabel celebrates the art while making its maker a tragic crackpot whom we can ogle in this snooty tragedy porn, stroking our own egos for recognizing his worth."

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: "This cowboy collection is clunky, indulgent, and ultimately underwhelming."

Mid90s: "Hill’s directorial debut is aggressively mediocre."

Burning: "I don’t need two and half hours and mercilessly long close-ups for this story. It’s one I—-and I reckon most women—-know all too well. We are told it nearly every damn day."

October 2, 2018

Fantastic Fest 2018





For Ebert Voices, I did a festival recap: The Horror and Heroines of Fantastic Fest 2018

For SYFY FANGRRLS, I did a slew of interviews and editorials:

10 Films We Can't Wait To See At Fantastic Fest

Why Nicole Perlman Went Indie To Make Her Directorial Debut "The Slows"

Guilhad Emilio Schenker shares The Real-Life Inspiration for 'Madam Yankelova's Fine Literature Club'

Karyn Kusama on 'Destroyer,' Sexism in Filmmaking, and The Redemption of 'Jennifer's Body'

Nicolas Pesce on 'Piercing's Taboo Romance and Whitewashing


Producer Rita Walsh On Fangirls, Boy Bands, Thirst, and 'I Used To Be Normal'


Writer-Director Amanda Kramer Talks Rape Culture, Double Standards, and Ladyworld

Danishka Esterhazy on Her Decade-Long Journey to Make Her Feminist Sci-Fi Thriller 'Level 16'

Jamie Lee Curtis Flips A Fan The Bird and Talks Trauma at 'Halloween's Fantastic Fest Premiere

Emma Tammi on the Historical Origins of Her Female-Fronted Horror-Western 'The Wind'

Exclusive: 'Madam Yankelova's Fine Literature Club' Trailer Reveals A Taste of This Twisted Comedy

I'm particularly proud of this piece, and am grateful to all those who shared their thoughts on this complicated matter: 

What It Means For Female Filmmakers To Attend Fantastic Fest This Year

And here's my reviews for Pajiba, Riot Material, and SYFY FANGRRLS:

'Halloween' Traffics Equally in Dread and Danny McBride Humor, With Mixed Results

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Daring and Brilliant Fugue

Nicole Kidman Slays In The Gritty Thriller 'Destroyer'

'Bad Times At The El Royale' Review: Yeah, Chris Hemsworth Is Hot, But Cynthia Erivo Owns This Movie

'Girls With Balls' Is 'Bring It On' Meets 'Deliverance'

Yesterday was a Bad Day For 'Burning'

Dan Stevens Finds His True Calling in the Grisly, Gory 'Apostle'

'Overlord' Gives Us Nazi Face-Punching, Gonzo Gore, And More

'School's Out' Is An Existential Thriller Alive With Dread And Dark Humor

'Under The Silver Lake' Is A Twisted Love Letter To Hollywood

Don't Believe The Hype. Jonah Hill's 'Mid90s' Is Aggressively Mediocre And Blithely Offensive

Alyson Hannigan and Fran Kranz Front The Slasher Spoof 'You Might Be The Killer'


More coming....

And if you want to scroll through my fest tweets, here's the start of the thread.