On Chesil Beach (2017)

Entering the Independent Film Festival Boston screening of "On Chesil Beach" with spotty recollections of the source material (a 2007 novella by Ian McEwan), it was easy to misremember the setting of the period drama -- not the physical location,  ...

The Reality of Virtual

Steven Spielberg's "Ready Player One" chronicles an epic battle for control of a fully immersive, massively multiplayer online virtual reality space known as the OASIS where users escape the depressing dystopic reality of the story's 2045 setting. Based  ...

SXSW 2018: THE REST OF THE FEST

I recently shared my Top Five favorite films of the 2018 South-by-Southwest festival, but what about the other screenings I attended? What didn't quite make the list (and why)? Well, let's start with the...  ...

The Top Five Films I Saw at SXSW

The 2018 South-by-Southwest Film Festival featured 130+ movies over the course of nine days, making it literally impossible for anyone to see more than a fraction of the premieres and festival favorites available for review. For strategic reasons,  ...

South by Southwest 2018 Preview

"Analysis paralysis" is slang for an inability to make a decision. When the condition becomes chronic, it's known as aboulomania. And when it involves 132 feature films screening for a week-plus in March (alongside shorts, TV  ...

Best of 2017: Movies

Honestly, nothing I saw at the movies this year came close to any two episodes of "Twin Peaks: The Return" (or even just Episode Eight all by itself) and I won’t have a chance to see "The Post" (which, unless  ...

Best TV of 2017

In general, television continued kicking cinema's butt in 2017 as the dominant art form in terms of quality, creativity, and diversity in the pop culture food chain with a show that transformed the medium 25-ish years ago somehow doing it  ...

Lady Bird (2017)

Writer/director (and sometimes actress) Greta Gerwig thanks Noah Baumbach (among others) in the credits of her new dramedy, "Lady Bird", which seems entirely fitting given the similarities in their cinematic sensibilities. Both artists work at least quasi-autobiographically  ...

Suburbicon (2017)

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but apparently there's more to suburbia than meets the eye (and it's not always the wholesome Norman Rockwell painting it's cracked up to be)! That's right, folks: in  ...