I have been lax about updating this here blog (obviously) because I wanted to convince you folks to swing by the Free Beacon’s Editor’s Blog all on your own (a strategy that appears to have worked, judging by traffic stats). But it’s been a few months so I figured I’d throw up a few links for any stragglers. Here’s the homepage and here’s my archive. A few pieces of note over the last couple of weeks:
I’d describe my review of Fast and Furious 6 as “sneeringly positive.” Though most people have (wrongly!) chosen to focus on the sneering, I enjoyed it just fine. And, in the end, isn’t that all that matters? (The Editor’s Blog is also host to a moreenthusiastic two-part defense.)
Do I think Star Trek Into Darkness‘ writers/director intentionallymade a case for the morality of drone strikes? Well, no. More likely, it was just sloppily plotted. But they certainly did a good job of accidentally making the case.
I am, as you know, a leading apologist for Zack Snyder. Here are 700 words or so on the weirdly optimistic outlook of his films.
Football and Fútbol are in dire straits, though for different reasons.
Stephen King’s book on the Kennedy assassination does that thing where liberals assume that Kennedy would’ve extricated us from Vietnam and waged the Cold War in a far different manner if he had lived. This is weird.
I think that’s it for now. Go! Read! Click. Close and then click again!
The Free Beacon, where I work when I’m not blogging about Rob Zombie trailers, is starting a blog! Actually, “has started” a blog. Because it’s live and filled with stuffs! Check it out. I’ll wait.
Pretty cool, right? It’s like 2005 all over again! Blogs: the wave of the recent past.
So here’s the deal: I’ll still be posting stuff here. Sometimes. Mostly I’ll be posting what I was posting here over there. And then maybe doing a link roundup once every couple of days saying “here’s what you’ve missed by not adding the Free Beacon’s Editor’s Blog to your RSS feed.”
So, yeah. The aforementioned doings have transpired. I hope you enjoy the new thing. Feel free to complain about it here, as we’ll have no comment section over there.
Here’s my one-sentence review of Beasts of the Southern Wild:
Mildly overrated, in large part because it falls into the category of “interesting” cinema, Beasts of the Southern Wild is less interesting as a narrative exercise than as a time capsule of early-21st-century American neuroses.
It’s over at the Free Beacon. Short version: I liked it!
It is a fun film, one that doesn’t strain the cranium—indeed, it might aggravate the brainpan if one gives it too much thought—while also providing plenty of eye candy. It is also the first feature that Walter Hill, best known for hardboiled features like Last Man Standing and Red Heat, as well as the premiere episode of HBO’s Deadwood, has directed in a decade. …
Bullet to the Head is an adrenaline-fueled, rip-roaring good time that asks little of audiences while still managing to fill their most basic filmgoing needs.
Look, it’s easy to hate Sucker Punch. Easy, but wrong, for reasons I lay out here. Here’s another (NSFW for language) revisionist take on the film, this time in video form. For the record: I don’t agree with every argument made in this piece (I think the whole argument about the various waves of feminism is a [...]
I don’t have enough time to fully dive into the silliness of this Slate piece arguing that Archer is especially homophobic, but I do want to highlight one bit of especial silliness: On the other hand, Archer often plays off the kind of homophobic stereotypes that historically fostered so much fear and hatred toward gay people. Ray [...]
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is not the worst movie I’ve ever seen. But it is an assault on the senses, an overly loud blast of static that at times—I am not making this up—left me seeing double. Viewing the film in IMAX 3D was less an experience than an endurance test. Even at a scant [...]