You Have To See This: Crazy/Beautiful, Magical Realism, and the Myth of Young Love

The world is too messed up to obsess over bad movies as much as we do; isn’t it time we obsess over good ones? In his monthly column You Have To See This, Chuck Winters reaches into his pile of flawed, forgotten, or just plain Read More …

Sweet/Vicious‘s Finale Caps an Uneasy Vigilante Origin Story

The first season finale of Sweet/Vicious aired a couple of weeks ago with a double episode (“An Innocent Man,” written by Amanda Lasher, and “Pure Heroine,” written by series creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson). Halfway through its run, I praised the show as one of the best Read More …

Sweet/Vicious is a Potential Gamechanger For MTV

I was done with MTV. MTV has developed a reputation of putting together interesting shows from fresh voices, only to have no idea what to do with them. Teen Wolf (ending this year) has been a big hit for them, but that seems to be the exception; Read More …

A Place on Earth: On Black Mirror‘s Standout Episode, “San Junipero”

In this world we’re just beginning To understand the miracle of living Baby I was afraid before But I’m not afraid anymore -Belinda Carlisle, “Heaven is a Place on Earth” The less you know going into “San Junipero” the better, even if you suspect Black Mirror Read More …

A High-Functioning Autistic Man Reviews The Accountant

I’m Chuck Winters, I’m on the spectrum, and the concept of this movie—an emotionally charged thriller with an autistic lead character from the director of Warrior—was pulled directly from fantasies I didn’t even know I had. Nice to meet you. Let’s get a couple of Read More …

Storks is a Baby Crazy Cartoon Caper [Review]

Nicholas Stoller is so blisteringly talented he can make a pop culture joke in an animated kids film work. It’s not that there’s some great story to the film itself giving him the leeway, although there’s a clever idea here about storks giving up baby Read More …

Joe Swanberg Makes it Look Easy in his New Netflix Series

Easy is an appropriate title for Netflix’s latest: A modest, introspective cocktail hour of a show that will lead into the all-night rager that is Luke Cage. Created by mumblecore maven Joe Swanberg (Digging For Fire, Drinking Buddies, Hannah Takes the Stairs), each episode of the anthology Read More …

Calm Down, Movies Aren’t Dying

Have you read this bullshit? It doesn’t seem like a lot of people on Film Twitter have, and yet, somehow, the collective jerk-off motion they made last Saturday over Ty Burr’s opening sentence in his Boston Globe op-ed—”Someday we may look back on 2016 as Read More …