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'Zoolander 2' Can't Quite Walk The Walk-Off Anymore

wfae.org — Released just two weeks after 9/11-which prompted Roger Ebert, in a one-star review, to offer it as a reason why Americans are hated in some parts of the world (he later apologized)-Ben Stiller's Zoolander found a country in no mood to laugh at its whimsical send-up of fashion-world excess.

ZOOLANDER 2 : NPR

npr.org — Released just two weeks after 9/11-which prompted Roger Ebert, in a one-star review, to offer it as a reason why Americans are hated in some parts of the world (he later apologized)-Ben Stiller's Zoolander found a country in no mood to laugh at its whimsical send-up of fashion-world excess.
Feb 11, 2016

For @nprmovies, I reviewed ZOOLANDER 2, the apparent result of a 15-year exquisite corpse screenwriting experiment: npr.org/2016/02/11/465…

The Bronco Chase -- Vulture

vulture.com — "Good for you, O.J. We're still in the game." So says Robert Shapiro after discovering, to his surprise, that his client has not killed himself and is currently leading the police on a slow-speed chase up and down a Los Angeles freeway.

Jia Zhangke Looks Into His Homeland’s Future but Loses Sight of Its People

villagevoice.com — Each act in Mountains May Depart, Jia Zhangke's latest disquisition on China in the 21st century, takes place in a different time period with a steadily escalating aspect ratio: 1999 in 1.33:1, 2014 in 1.85:1, and 2025 in 2.35:1. As time moves forward, the possibilities expand in kind, with the...
Feb 09, 2016

For @villagevoice, I reviewed MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART, which is arresting but leaves Jia's weaknesses exposed: villagevoice.com/film/jia-zhang…

‘Billions’ Episode 4: The Harmless Sociopaths

nytimes.com — Season 1, Episode 4: "Short Squeeze" Andrew Bird's "Oh No," the catchy little song that opens and closes "Short Squeeze," seems at first like an ironic counterpoint to the action, a cute harmony of whistling and acoustic guitar set against footage of Mick Danzig, a portfolio manager, drunkenly blasting away at deer with a semiautomatic at 4:42 a.m.
Feb 07, 2016

Metallica appears on tonight's @SHO_Billions, but it's an Andrew Bird song that sets the tone. My @nytimes recap: nytimes.com/2016/02/07/art…

‘All Roads Lead to Rome’ Review: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Voyage to Italy

variety.com — Sarah Jessica Parker flies from New York to Italy for a picturesque getaway under the Tuscan sun, but Hollywood cliches follow her through customs in "All Roads Lead to Rome," a combination romance, farce and road movie that whiffs in all three departments.
Feb 05, 2016

For @Variety, I reviewed ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME, in which Sarah Jessica Parker flies to Italy, clichés in tow: variety.com/2016/film/revi…

These 'Zombies' Make An Austen Update Even The Undead Can't Revive

wfae.org — It sounds like the worst sort of date-night compromise, like some terrible aesthetic treaty between a couple that fights over DVR space for Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies : NPR

npr.org — It sounds like the worst sort of date-night compromise, like some terrible aesthetic treaty between a couple that fights over DVR space for Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.
Feb 04, 2016

Maybe it worked great on the page, but PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is lobster stuffed with tacos on screen: npr.org/2016/02/04/465…

Ranking The Coen Brothers’ 20 Best Oddball Supporting Characters

uproxx.com — The more you watch the Coen brothers' movies, the more your eyes drift to the periphery, drawn to those peculiar souls who pop into the action for a scene or two, then return to the dark recesses of Joel and Ethan Coen's imaginations.
Feb 04, 2016

For @UPROXX, I listed my 20 favorite oddball Coen Brothers characters, from Board Member #3 to Mike Yanagita: uproxx.com/movies/coen-br…

Juiced -- Vulture

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Feb 11, 2016

The Oregon militia standoff is finally over. Let's take stock: youtube.com/watch?v=J6VjPM…

Feb 11, 2016

For @nprmovies, I reviewed ZOOLANDER 2, the apparent result of a 15-year exquisite corpse screenwriting experiment: npr.org/2016/02/11/465…

Feb 11, 2016

@theshrillest I dropped it to 2400 baud and it's working for me finally.

Feb 11, 2016

@vjmfilms @vrizov What the hell? You'd love it. It's a Mike Judge show.

Feb 11, 2016

@bybowes You're going to miss my Tres Commas references too.

Feb 11, 2016

@vjmfilms Dude. I figured you, of all people, would pick up on a Mike Judge reference.

Feb 11, 2016

@bybowes This makes me worry that not enough people watch Silicon Valley.


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