Category: Reviews
What I Wrote: Harlots, Handmaids, Radium, and Dancing
What I Wrote: Harlots, Handmaids, Radium, and DancingThere’s something to be said for Peak TV. Sure, my TV backlog is getting embarrassing and I keep maxing out the number of hours on my recorder and having to watch very strange collections of old episodes in a row trying to juggle the tone shifts in seven shows at once, but man, I’ve been watching some good TV.…
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine Funerals
Nonfiction Catch-up Post: One Wedding and Nine FuneralsThere has never been a fictional wedding/funeral ratio more to my tastes, has there? The wedding happened on BATES MOTEL, which I covered for AV Club; you could not have picked a better week for me to drop in on a show than the week two characters with a deeply repressed slow burn have to marry each other for plot reasons and then trip over their feelings for the next forty minutes.…
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up Post
A Belated Nonfiction Catch-up PostHow belated? Well, I hope you’re following me on Twitter if you want news, that’s all I can say for myself; the first thing on this list is from January 5. (I tried to alert everyone to the live-action drinking game that is the Shannara Chronicles.) I’ve been keeping more regular tabs on Reign, which has vacillated wildly between being sort of dreadful and being camp glory, with no real internal logic as to how any given episode reaches either one of those goalposts.…
Belle
BelleIt was a good week for movies over at Philadelphia Weekly! I enjoyed both the claustrophobic character study of Locke and the 18th-century period piece Belle, which is otherwise so good about addressing its various long-simmering tensions that it felt like overkill whenever someone gives a heartfelt speech nearly drowned out by the orchestra.…
Pacific Rim
Pacific RimI’m at convention this weekend; I had planned to arrive in time to watch the late-night rerun of Sharknado, because there was no way I was missing Sharknado. As it turns out, there was a way, since the hotel didn’t carry the necessary channel, which meant my plans of a sublime B-movie were dashed.…
B-movies/Byzantium
B-movies/ByzantiumThis week, I had the opportunity to write an editorial essay for Clarkesworld that was meant to be something of a personal take on my approach to movie reviewing, with an undercurrent of, “Because sometimes you like bad movies a lot and you should probably explain that.” I ended up writing a love letter to the wide swath of things that get classified, could be classified, and want to be classified as B-movies, because damn, there is a lot going on under that umbrella.…