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.


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.