Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

10 years ago, YouTube teamed with producer Ridley Scott to produce the documentary Life in a Day, which compiled clips sent in by people all around the globe, recording what was occurring in their lives on July 24, 2010. Producing a sequel ten years later only makes sense, even without the global pandemic that rocked the world on the selected date, July 25, 2020. I doubt anybody involved would have […]

It is perhaps ironic for a film titled News of the World to have nothing actually new within it. Fortunately, it’s doing very familiar things very well, so even if the exact people most likely to enjoy what it’s doing (diehard Western fans) are exactly the people most likely to have seen it all before, I think it’s fair to assume they’ll find it gratifying to watch, anyway. At least, […]

I do not like to start reviews with the most obvious possible statement that hundreds of people before me have already pointed out, but sometimes it doesn’t pay to be clever. And so: the 2000 ancient world epic Gladiator is quite clearly what you get when 1995’s Braveheart and 1998’s Saving Private Ryan have a baby. I would add to that standard version of the story, it’s not a very […]

To help fill the void in your weekly listening, Carrie and Rob are bringing you Weeklies – a review of the last 7-days of movie new…with a twist! Rob has gathered all the 10 best pieces of movie news and Carrie will only be able to pick 5 ‘Aeronauts’ Trailer Sees Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne Fighting for Their Lives in Hot Air Balloon New ‘Purge’ Thriller Finds Lead in […]

  Hey! Don’t forget to check out our 2017 year-in-review podcast! You know, sometimes you’re just way the hell off-consensus, and that’s all there is to say about that. And that’s all I particularly want to say as a preamble to this summary of the 2017 movie year: it’s not much fun when everybody around you is oohing and ahhing over movies that you found deeply adequate and not much […]

Whatever else can be said about the whole sordid situation, it’s great for All the Money in the World that Kevin Spacey had to be dumped and replaced by Christopher Plummer, because Plummer’s performance is absolutely the best thing about the movie and possibly the solitary factor that nudges it across the thin, bright line separating “yeah, might as well see it” from “eh, don’t bother”. Add in the very […]

I suspect, with absolutely nothing to back it up besides anecdotal data and hunches, that Murder on the Orient Express, from 1934, is Agatha Christie’s best-known mystery novel; or at least the best-known title to one of her mystery novels, which is the same thing as far as film producers go. And yet here we are, in the year of our Lord 2017, to find only the second English-language feature […]

It’s going to sound like I’m crabbing and bitching and pissing and moaning and harboring all sorts of ill will towards Blade Runner 2049, so let me please clarify one important thing: it’s a fine movie. And that’s already most of the battle won. Given the uncountable number of ways that a decades-later sequel to 1982’s stylistic masterwork Blade Runner could have gone, the fact that BR2049 is good is […]

Alright, the last phase of the year is about to start up! In the very near future, you’ll be able to hear all our thoughts on the upcoming fall season, but I’ll go ahead and start spoiling some of my own thoughts right now.  Suffice it to say that, after nine months of movie that haven’t done much to get me very hot and bothered, the semi-official start of Awards […]

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: War for the Planet of the Apes is likely to be the last film in that franchise for a good long while, sad to say. What better cue to spend a whole week revisiting […]

Every week this summer, we’ll be taking an historical tour of the Hollywood blockbuster by examining an older film that is in some way a spiritual precursor to one of the weekend’s wide releases. This week: Ridley Scott takes us to the prehistory of his 1979 masterpiece Alien with a certain Alien: Covenant. Not the first time we’ve rewound the clock in this franchise, not even the first time Scott […]

In some world, Alien: Covenant has a different title. In that world, it is not a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus, and it is not a prequel to 1979’s Alien, but it’s simply a standalone sci-fi horror picture about a group of colonists who take a wrong turn at Albuquerque and as a result end up as part of a science project gone wrong. Perhaps in that world, I liked Alien: […]