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‘Fargo’ Season 2, Episode 7: This Family Deserves the Ground

nytimes.com — Season 2, Episode 7: 'Did You Do This? No, You Did It!' "This family deserves the ground." So says Simone Gerhardt mere moments after Rye and Otto are laid to rest on the family estate. And this just after Bear spits at the mention of Simone's father, muttering darkly about a third hole in the ground for Dodd.
Nov 23, 2015

"This family deserves the ground." My @nytimes recap of a family values episode of #FargoFX is up: nyti.ms/1PLb9jY

Brian De Palma · Primer · The A.V. Club

avclub.com — Primer is The A.V. Club 's ongoing series of beginners' guides to pop culture's most notable subjects: filmmakers, music styles, literary genres, and whatever else interests us-and hopefully you. This installment: a guide to watching Brian De Palma's movies about watching.

Everyone Else · Film Review Everyone Else · Movie Review · The A.V. Club

Nov 20, 2015

Concur. Maren Ade has only directed two features and they're both brilliant. avclub.com/review/everyon… twitter.com/FilmspottingSV…

The New York Times

‘Criminal Activities’ Review: Jackie Earle Haley’s Derivative Directing Debut

variety.com — John Travolta as a charismatic gangster in an impeccably tailored suit. Casual references to Marcel Proust and quantum physics. An outrageously byzantine plot orchestrated around a big twist ending. The '90s are back again in "Criminal Activities," a profane thriller that so closely resembles the B-movies that followed "The Usual Suspects," "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty," it could be mistaken for an archeological discovery.
Nov 19, 2015

For @Variety, I reviewed CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, un film du Jackie Earle Haley: variety.com/2015/film/revi…

'Secret In Their Eyes' Brings A Brutal Story To A New Home

npr.org — After nabbing the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010-besting a pair of Cannes favorites in A Prophet and the Palme D'Or-winning The White Ribbon-the Argentinian thriller enjoyed a hugely successful run in U.S. arthouses. For foreign language films, $1 million is generally considered the magic number for a serious hit; at over $6 million, this was a true blockbuster.
Nov 19, 2015

I liked the new SECRET IN THEIR EYES more than most (and the original less than most), but it's pretty flat: npr.org/2015/11/19/456…

‘Fargo’ Season 2, Episode 6: Defending the Common Man

nytimes.com — Season 2, Episode 6: 'Rhinoceros' The turf war between the Gerhardts and the Kansas City syndicate - incidentally, the Kansas City Syndicate sounds like another prog-rock band - continued to escalate in "Rhinoceros," an action-packed hour that seems of a piece with last week's episode, which found the show shifting to backstretch payoff mode.

The Art of Dying: Inside the Devastating Drama 'James White'

rollingstone.com — He's a fuck-up, but he's here now, mopping the sweat off his mother's forehead, carrying her frail body to the bathroom - "like a princess," he jokes - doing everything he can to make it through the night with her.
Nov 13, 2015

For @RollingStone, I talked to Josh Mond and Christopher Abbott about their crushing new film JAMES WHITE: rollingstone.com/movies/news/th…

Nov 13, 2015

RT @RollingStone: How modest indie #JamesWhite went from Sundance sleeper to a must-see movie rol.st/1kunGva pic.twitter.com/xPNDdXNPkh

No Christmas Cheer For 'The Coopers'

npr.org — The Coopers have a gorgeous kitchen. And since it's Christmastime, those granite countertops are lined end to end with magazine-ready displays of food: Fresh chocolate pastries, fluffy mashed potatoes, brilliant red tomatoes, a shimmering glazed ham with pineapple slices.
Nov 13, 2015

I've cringed less over three seasons of NATHAN FOR YOU than I did during LOVE THE COOPERS: npr.org/2015/11/13/455…

The New Cult Canon: I Am Cuba

avclub.com — When Mikhail Kalatozov's I Am Cuba-a long-lost, phantasmagoric Cuban-Soviet propaganda film from 1964-was rediscovered and reissued in late 1995 by Milestone (with the prominent support of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola), critic Terrence Rafferty wrote the following in his New Yorker review: "They're going to be carrying ravished film students out of the theaters on stretchers."
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Nov 24, 2015

@AdamWeinstein I really need to stop liking my cat box with websites. I keep running through laptops.

Nov 24, 2015

Oh goodness. Unintended pity party there. I do not want for outlets. Just not time to lock one down for this yet. twitter.com/mousterpiece/s…

Nov 24, 2015

1. I have no outlet (yet). 2. 99% chance it will be a prequel-level letdown. twitter.com/mattsinger/sta…

Nov 24, 2015

@aoscott The placement of the score you describe in graf 1 is the film's best moment. I was waiting two hours for that detonation.

Nov 24, 2015

@wellshwood "Agreed — I shouldn’t have said that. “Forget women seeing this” is a gross simplification." This is all you needed to say.

Nov 24, 2015

@FCardamenis But.. but.. he's officially credited as such.

Nov 24, 2015

@netw3rk God, you think the Rockets have it all figured out and then this year...

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