Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

Once upon a time, when the Walt Disney Company released a massively successful animated feature and wanted to wring some sequel dollars out of it, they would have the decency to farm them out to the B- and C-team animators at Disneytoon Studios and bury them on home video. In 80 years covering 56 feature films starting in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt Disney Feature Animation […]

Batman’s arch-enemy, the Joker, is getting his very own movie, and we’re celebrating by looking at our all-time favorite movie villains. From wicked witches to evil space cyborg wizards to petulant octopus women, it’s all about the colorful monsters who are the very best at being very bad. In Worth Mentioning we discus Abominable, Hustlers, Batman Ninja and Toy Story 4. ********** Please take a few seconds and fill out […]

Just in time for the new release Yesterday, director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis’s celebration of the enduring music of The Beatles, we are joined by the fantastic singer/songwriter Kevin Andrew Prchal, for an episode-length conversation about what the movie tells us about performance, music stardom, and the legacy of the iconic rock band. Be sure to stick around to the end of the episode to hear Settling Cliches from the […]

I can admit when I’m a little bit wrong: June’s offerings weren’t quite as inspid as I feared they would be (both Toy Story 4 and Child’s Play outperformed my hopes – the latter wildly so). This maybe suggests that a bit of humility is in order: perhaps the films of July won’t be the complete fucking desert it looks like right now. But if there are to be nice […]

With both Toy Story 4 and a remake of Child’s Play coming out the same weekend, did we even have a choice? We take a look at out all-time favorite dolls in the movies: from beloved child’s playthings to unfathomably evil vessels for demonic energy, and everything in between. In Worth Mentioning, we discuss The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Chernobyl and The Holy Mountain by request of Patreon Dan Prestwich.

From where I stand, the summer movie season of 2019 has just tipped off of a cliff. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was the last popcorn movie I was looking forward to for over two months – and look at how well that turned out for me – and while June isn’t quite the wasteland that July is shaping up to be, it’s been a good long while since the […]

This year has brought a lot of retrospectives on the movies from 1999, which are now twenty years old, as well as reflection on the year 1999 itself. Many have marked 1999 as a standard bearer for great cinema. A short survey of the movies released that year – The Matrix, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, Eyes Wide Shut, All About My Mother, Toy Story 2 – immediately justifies its reputation. As much […]

Take out the end credits, and UglyDolls is about 80 minutes long. I spent every single one of them trying to figure out what hell was wrong with their mouths. Let’s do an exercise, you and I. Lightly put your hand on your face, right around your cheekbones. I’m serious, please do it. So much the better if you have a mirror handy. Now, open your eyes really wide, and […]

Mid-April is awfully early to be thinking about summer already, but Marvel and Disney have decided for the rest of us that the summer movie season begins this year on Friday, 26 April, with the release of Avengers: Endgame. To prepare, this episode will be all about the blockbuster movies to come: the superheroes, the living toys, the monsters who fit inside your pocket, the Hobbses and the Shaws. In […]

If you’ve seen Stranger Things or the recently released zeitgeist-embracing adventure The Kid Who Would Be King, you know there’s no shortage of nostalgia for the decades in which most of the folks reading this grew up. The 1980s and ’90s are en vogue and ready to transport you back to your Topanga poster-covered walls of your bedroom. Or whomever you were into at the time. Maybe it was just […]

Who trusts a horoscope? Do you really think the alignment of stars and planet can tell you anything about your personality, your destiny, your future? Give me a break. There is only one question that can truly pierce into a person’s soul, and reveal the most personal and profound elements of their personality. That questions is, of course, “What is your favorite animation studio?” Read the answers below, and see […]

Every New Year’s celebration allows us a chance to look back (Tim’s annual top 10 post I always await with unalloyed glee), but it also gives us an opportunity to look forward. The year that will be 2019 is stretching before us, full of potential for cinematic joy or tragedy. Now I’m sure you’re all already looking forward to and/or dreading things like Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, and John Wick 3, but there is […]