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Someone Please Explain Why The Goldfinch Is So Good

By • Feb 10th, 2014 • Category: reading

For most of this novel we’re stuck following a person who has no goal, no dream, no quest. And his seeming not to care what happens to him enough to do anything about it, ever, made it impossible for me to care either.

Spring Break Forever: The Better Film at Confronting Our Darker Selves

By • Jan 28th, 2014 • Category: watching

Unlike The Wolf of Wall Street’s unending carnival of misbehavior, Spring Breakers asks more interesting questions, and is stronger for it.

Trying to Connect With Upstream Color

By • May 1st, 2013 • Category: watching

Upstream Color is beautiful, complex, and hard to stop thinking about. Whether Carruth earned that success with the work itself, or its mystique and cultural standing compelled me to build a critical case on its behalf, I’m still not sure.

A New Perspective: Tenth of December and Gone Girl

By • Apr 18th, 2013 • Category: reading

Telling a story from multiple points of view makes two terrific books more than entertaining.

The Parody Trap: Portlandia vs Key & Peele

By • Apr 2nd, 2013 • Category: watching

Key & Peele push their sketches past the simple parody of Portlandia; and that willingness to go the extra distance, to find moments of universal, emotional truth in their comedy, makes them the best sketch show on television.

The Missing Comedy of the Year Was in the Penalty Box

By • Nov 28th, 2012 • Category: watching

Can’t name a classic comedy of 2012? Try a write-in candidate from last year that seems to have slipped under most people’s radar: the minor-league hockey comedy, Goon.

No Other Gods Before Me: Belief in The Master

By • Aug 29th, 2012 • Category: watching

The Master asks big questions about what it means to believe or be believed. But does it deserve the reverence?

Programming Note: Another Podcast Crossover and More to Come

By • Aug 21st, 2012 • Category: reading, side notes

Another guest spot on The Brad Bogner Show, and a promise to return after the long summer off.

Enjoyable Teen Superpower Movie Named Poorly

By • Feb 14th, 2012 • Category: watching

Chronice’s use of cameras does little to outweigh the multiple awkward exchanges it causes, and yet remains a solid entry in the superhero genre.

The A.V. Club Problem: On Lists, Fandom and Mortality

By • Feb 3rd, 2012 • Category: side notes

The excess of cultural options and opinions have made it so that the pressure to stay current could simultaneously keep us from ever living in the present. So what do we do instead?