Month: May 2017

Netflix Film Review: War Machine Is a Movie at War With Itself

Netflix’s War Machine is a movie at war with itself. It wants to be a satire in the tradition of Dr. Strangelove but also a clear-eyed drama about America’s intractable situation in Afghanistan. It’s as […]

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, As Reviewed By a Franchise Newbie (Kind Of)

Pretend your last memory of Captain Jack Sparrow is watching him sail away on The Black Pearl. That the last time you saw Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner they’d finally shared a big romantic kiss […]

Box Office: When Will Hollywood Turn on Johnny Depp?

I admit, the scandals got to me. During Johnny Depp’s first scene in Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, I felt a rush of tabloid-dictated thoughts like “he’s a wife beater” and […]

Doctor Who’s “The Pyramid at the End of the World”: It’s In Our Nature to Destroy Ourselves

Steven Moffat announced his impending departure from Doctor Who on January 23, 2016. Since then, the whole damn world has seemingly lost its mind in a myriad of ways. The UK is leaving the European […]

Film Review: Just How Bad Is Baywatch?

Baywatch is a cheap cash grab made by a bunch of Hollywood hacks transparently trying to ride on someone else’s coattails. It’s the product of idiotic, probably soon-to-be-fired Paramount Pictures executives looking at 21 Jump […]

“San Junipero” Originally Had a Scene That Was Too Sad, Even for Black Mirror

I love Black Mirror‘s “San Junipero.” You love “San Junipero.” We all love “San Junipero.” What’s that? You’ve never seen “San Junipero”? Even worse, you’ve seen it and think it’s overrated. Well, you’ve got some […]

Honeymoon Over? – Netflix Has Finally Canceled One of Its Shows After Just One Season

When it comes to its original shows, Netflix has been like Oprah handing out new cars – you get another season and you get another season and, in fact, you all get another season. With […]

Arrow Season 5 Goes Out with a Melrose Place Bang in “Lian Yu”

This is the first and probably only ever time I’ll make this comparison, but Arrow just pulled a Melrose Place. Oh, I know there are probably plenty of other shows which have trotted out the […]

10 Things I Learned from the Logan Blu-Ray – The Best Digital Effects In the Movie Are the Ones We Never Noticed

Into the great wasteland of Hollywood’s language neutral, China-appeasing blockbusters there occasionally comes a movie which causes everyone to stop and take notice of what proper blockbuster filmmaking actually looks like. It’s that rare film […]

Becoming Bond Review: The Documentary Equivalent of Sitting at a Bar and Chatting Up The World’s Most Interesting Man

Becoming Bond, Josh Greenbaum’s ingratiating new made-for-Hulu documentary, takes 95 minutes to say what could be roughly summarized in a paragraph: In the 1960s, car salesman George Lazenby left his home in Australia to chase […]