Kids are weird. Most kids. All kids, maybe? Before external pressures and internal anxieties combine to extinguish their spirits, kids revel in their most outlandish ideas, they’ll explain their looniest schemes to whoever will listen. But they don’t usually stay that way for long. Those who can retain that joyful weirdness past their “little kid” […]Read More The Way She Was: In Shirkers Sandi Tan Looks Back at a Youth Filled with Creative Passion and Personal Betrayals
At first, two words kept me from getting excited about A Simple Favor, prior to it’s release: mommy. blogger. Or maybe it’s technically “vlogger” as Anna Kendrick’s character, Stephanie, runs a youtube site where she videos herself doing all sorts of domestic things – making cupcakes, crafting crafts – to share with other moms. Now […]Read More A Simple Favor between friends? In Paul Feig’s new thriller, it’s an ice cold martini and an easy out.
Rachel McAdams is having a good year. And probably every year is a good year for her in a lot of ways – she’s famous, rich, in a lot of movies – but what I mean is that this year she’s in two films that actually put her impressive range of talents to good use. […]Read More Do Not Pass Go: Game Night is 2018’s Best Comedy You Might Have Missed
“Zombies? How 2011.” That was a friend’s response to me telling them about Cargo, a new Netflix original movie that debuted on the streaming site last Friday. Originally conceived as a short film and then expanded into feature-length by Australian co-directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, Cargo does indeed fall into a familiar category. You know, the “post-nearly-apocolyptic-event […]Read More An old world’s violent end in the Australian zombie flick Cargo
10 Cloverfield Lane is streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime. The Cloverfield Paradox is streaming on Netflix. You’ve only got two hours to watch something (let’s assume you’re a grown-up with stuff in the morning), so which is it gonna be? It’s time for a round of Stream This Not That Is the Cloverfield franchise really […]Read More Stream This Not That: 10 Cloverfield Lane vs The Cloverfield Paradox
“Love loves to love love,” or something like that. What is it about February 14th that brings out the grinch in me? The gender-normative stereotype reinforcing? The forced sappiness and craven branding of emotional expression? The sugar crash that inevitably awaits me after I eat an entire box of cheap chocolates at work that day? […]Read More “Happy Valentine’s Day, no one!” Ten romantic-ish popculture recommendations for February.
Hey you with the remote in your hand. Why aren’t you watching Marjorie Prime? Why You Probably Aren’t: Ok, maybe I’ll let you off the hook here. I’m the person who usually keeps up with these things, and I have zero memory of this movie coming out in August of last year. I’m imagining it […]Read More Why Aren’t You Watching: Marjorie Prime
It (2017) in theaters now I knew I’d enjoy doing an October Watch-a-thon, but I didn’t know how much I’d love finding new ways to cheat. Unfortunately cheating is a must sometimes, especially on weekdays when I don’t have much time to write. For this one, I’m going cross-promotional. On the latest episode of Red […]Read More October Watch-a-thon, Day 5
It Follows, Available for streaming on Netflix Hi. Cheating again. It Follows came out in 2014, and since then I’ve been talking about it to whoever would listen. It has a brilliant, original concept and commits to its story and characters in a way that’s rare in horror. There are no cheap thrills in It Follows, […]Read More October Watch-a-thon, Day 4
The Witch, Available for streaming on Amazon Prime Alright friends, these are going to get shorter as the week wears on me. Luckily it’s easy to put my love for the 2015 horror film, The Witch, into a few appreciative sentences – the movie is visually precise, hauntingly acted and will send all those nightmares that […]Read More October Watch-a-thon, Day 3