You Have To See This: American Ultra and the Myth of Balance

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 …

Ghost in the Shell is Lush Spectacle with Little Substance [Review]

If there was nothing else going for Rupert Sanders’ take on Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell, I’d probably give it a soft recommend on style points alone. We’ve all cautioned, or have been cautioned, against movies that put style over substance; here, Sanders turns Read More …

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 …